Mourners Pay Respects To Pleasant Garden Shooting Victims

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Pleasant Garden, NC -- A large turnout is expected at the joint funeral of five teens killed in a Guilford County shooting rampage.

The service begins at 10am at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, followed by the burial at Lakeview Cemetary.

Thursday afternoon, hundreds of friends and famiily gathered in Pleasant Garden to remember those killed in a mass shooting.

Pastor Michael Barrett is one of four pastors who will preside over the funeral. He said, "Five caskets. Five young people. When you see it... it just breaks your heart. It's not right. It's not normal. It's not fair. And, it breaks your heart."

Pastor Carl Pulliam added, "Multiple times since this has occurred, I've walked by my very own children and made sure they knew I loved them. They looked me in the eyes as I told them how much I love them. These types of events should cause each of us to take an inventory of what's truly important."

On Sunday, November 20th, Guilford County Sheriff's Deputies say Mary Ann Holder shot six people before shooting and killing herself.

Investigators said Holder shot her son, Dylan Smith and his girlfriend, Makayla Woods, along her niece and nephew, Hanaleigh and Ricky Suttles in her Cocoa Drive home early Sunday morning. 

PHOTOS: Mary Ann Holder And Victims

Holder then drove to the GTCC Aviation Center to meet with Randal Lamb, a man she was having an alleged affair with.  She shot and injured Lamb, but did not kill him.

After shooting Lamb, deputies say Holder picked up her other son, Zachary at a friends house and shot him in the head.  She then killed herself.

Holder, 36, had been having an affair with Lamb, 40, for more than three years, but it was coming to an end after months of bitter accusations between Holder, Lamb and Lamb's wife, including allegations of stalking and harassment.

Jennifer Lamb had prepared but not yet filed a potentially costly lawsuit against Holder accusing her of alienating the affections of her husband, investigators said.

Criminal investigators also took possession of a $10,000 check Holder wrote to Jennifer Lamb in an apparent settlement aimed at staving off the threatened lawsuit, according to a search warrant.

Holder gave the check to Randall Lamb in a Walmart parking lot the night before her shooting rampage, then asked to meet him again the next morning in the GTCC parking lot.

Investigators plan chemical screenings of all six victims to see if the children had been drugged or if there was anything influencing Holder's behavior.

Mary Ann Holder's mother, Frances, said her daughter cared deeply for her children and cannot believe Mary Ann was responsible for the family massacre.

WFMY News 2 / Associated Press

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