After 9 family members killed, man shares heartbreaking story behind unborn baby's name

A man who lost nine family members spanning three generations in the church massacre at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church during service last Sunday has released statements on social media.

Just before 8:20 Wednesday morning, John Holcombe, husband of Crystal Holcombe, who was killed along with several of her children, including her unborn baby, released a statement on Facebook thanking everyone for their love, prayers, and support.

In the message, John Holcombe asked that people continued to pray for the family, as well as the church in the coming days, weeks and months.

In a separate message posted a couple minutes later, John explained the name of the couple's unborn baby, that DPS released Wednesday as Carlin Brite "Billy Bob" Holcombe.

According to John, the couple did not yet know the sex of the baby, and the name included Crystal's pick for a girl, boy and the nickname "Billy Bob" that the children had given the baby.

To learn more about the members of the Holcombe family who were killed, and the other victims, click here.

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