Griev­ing fam­ily and friends honour loved ones lost

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Bryan Hol­combe, 60

The vol­un­teer pas­tor was mar­ried to his high school sweet­heart al­most 40 years. “He was a fine kid,” says his dad, Joe, 86. “We know he’s in heaven.”

Crys­tal Hol­combe, 36

Preg­nant with her 6th child, she was de­voted to home­school­ing. “She wanted to raise very smart chil­dren,” says high-school teacher Tam­bria Read.

Joann Ward, 30

The day­care worker was a reg­u­lar at the diner across from the church. Adds Gary Zwicke: “She cared about peo­ple that needed help.”

Emily Ward, 7

Joann’s daugh­ter Emily ac­com­pa­nied her mum to church. Step­fa­ther Chris Ward stayed home after a night shift. “They were good kids,” says his un­cle.

Karla Hol­combe, 58

The as­sis­tant church sec­re­tary and Sun­day school teacher “ran around all day most ev­ery day help­ing peo­ple that needed help,” says her fa­ther-in-law.

Me­gan Hill, 8

Me­gan and her sis­ter Emily were bak­ing cook­ies to raise money for Hur­ri­cane Har­vey vic­tims, ac­cord­ing to mum Crys­tal Hol­combe’s Face­book page.

Brooke Ward, 5

Brooke, Joann’s daugh­ter with hus­band Chris, loved to ac­com­pany her mum and sib­lings to church. “They pretty much went ev­ery Sun­day,” says Zwicke.

Annabelle Pomeroy, 14

The youngest daugh­ter of the church’s pas­tor, she at­tended ser­vices even though her par­ents were away.

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