How a Texas Couple Who Lost Eight Family Members In Church Shooting Is Coping During Christmas

The Holcombe family planned to celebrate Christmas at Bryan and Karla Holcombe’s house, where they would exchange gag gifts with other members of this large Texas family.

Instead, Joe and Claryce Holcombe will host Christmas at their home after eight members of their extended family — including Bryan and Karla — were killed in the Nov. 5 mass shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church.

“It’ll be different of course,” Bryan’s 86-year-old father, Joe Holcombe, tells PEOPLE.

“There will be a big hole in our family,” he continues. “It will be like always except there will be a void where there used to be eight people.”

Along with Bryan, 60, and the Holcombe’s daughter-in-law Karla, 58, Holcombe’s grandson Marc, 36 — known as Danny — was killed, as was granddaughter-in-law Crystal, 36, and the child she was expecting next year, as well as four of Holcombe’s great-grandchildren: Noah Holcombe, 17 months, Greg Hill,

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