SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Texas on Wednesday, visiting wounded victims at a San Antonio hospital and later meeting families of those lost in Floresville, not far from Sutherland Springs.
Pence went from table to table at a high school library attempting to console devastated family members.
"The whole country is praying over you," he told one man who lost his sister-in-law.
He stopped to talk with John Holcombe, whose family was decimated by the shooting. Holcombe, who suffered shrapnel wounds, lost his wife Crystal — who was pregnant with their first child — three of her children, his parents, a brother and a toddler niece.
Pence hugged 7-year-old Evelyn Holcombe, who managed to survive by running out of the church during the attack.
Earlier Wednesday, Pence said that President Donald Trump had ordered federal agencies to provide extensive help to the investigation including 100 on-site FBI agents.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began the service by praying "for healing and for help." The governor said that Texans come together at times of crisis and tragedy. "It's what we do," Abbott said. People in the crowd responded "amen."
He also proclaimed Tuesday a statewide day of prayer.