Victims of Guilford County shooting spree remembered

December 1, 2011 3:01:05 PM PST
Family and friends turned out Thursday to remember the victims of a deadly shooting spree that killed five children. The victims ranged in age from 17 to just 8 years old.

Hundreds packed into the Pleasant Garden Baptist Church near Greensboro to pay their respects.

Most of the children being remembered were related to Mary Ann Holder, the woman suspected in the shooting. Investigators say Holder killed herself after shooting her 8-year-old niece Hannaleigh Suttles, her nephew, 17-year-old Richard Suttles as well as her two sons: 17-year-old Robert Smith and 14-year-old Zachary Smith.

Fifteen-year old Makaylah Woods was at their home visiting at the time of the shooting.

It's a shocking case that's sparked an outpouring of grief and anger.

Police say an extra-marital affair gone bad may have motivated the shooting spree.

Holder was involved with a married man and had shot him in the shoulder the day before the murder-suicide.

Now, friends and family are trying to make sense of the tragedy.

"It's just heartbreaking that a mom can come to that point where she feel like there's no other options," said family friend Amy Turner.  

The Pleasant Garden community has come together to support the families of the victims. A local funeral home has provided its services for free. The burial plots for the five children were also donated.

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