Holcombe family members who lost nine loved ones in the Sutherland Springs church massacre has begun the process of determining if the Air Force was negligent in the shooting that claimed 26 lives in November.
Claryce Holcombe and Joe Holcombe lost their son, Bryan Holcombe, along with eight other family members in the shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 5.
The family said they are committed to making sure no other family has to suffer a preventable loss and are filing a federal claim form with U.S. Government to determine negligence.
The claim comes as no surprise. The Air Force admitted, during the course of an investigation into the suspect Devin Kelley, that it did not submit information that would have stopped him from purchasing guns.
"Under a 1996 law preventing spouse and child abusers from possessing firearms, the service’s Office of Special Investigations should have entered that conviction into an FBI database,” says the family’s attorney Rob Ammons. "The office didn’t, the Air Force has admitted. What’s more, the acts Kelley pleaded guilty to — breaking his baby stepson’s skull and hitting and kicking his then-wife — were punishable by imprisonment of more than a year. That qualifies them as felonies, which must be entered into the database.”
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