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Victims in Guilford County shooting spree remembered

Posted December 1, 2011 8:49 p.m. EST
Updated December 2, 2011 2:17 p.m. EST

— Family and friends gathered Thursday night to remember the lives of five young people gunned down in a family massacre near Greensboro more than a week ago.

“Five caskets, five young people, I mean, when you see it, it just breaks your heart,” Pastor Michael Barrett said.

Mary Ann Holder, 36, is accused of killing her two sons — Robert Dylan Smith, 17, and Zachary Smith, 14. Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said she also killed the niece and nephew she took into her home when her sister died — Richard Brian Suttles, 17, and Hannaleigh Suttles, 8. She also mortally wounded Makayla Leigh Woods, Robert's 15-year-old girlfriend. She also shot and wounded her married former lover, Randall Lamb.

Holden then killed herself. She left two notes taking responsibility for the killings.

Visitation was held Thursday for the five victims. 

"Multiple times since this incident occurred, I walked by my very own children and made sure that they knew and made sure they looked me in the eye, and tell them how much I love them," Pastor Carl Pulliam said. 

A collective funeral will be held Friday at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church.

Holder's ex-husband, Rocky Smith, and the couple's 21-year-old daughter Christina Smith say they had no indication anything was wrong. Smith said Holder had bought a carload full of groceries the day before the Nov. 20 shootings.

Holder 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.

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

The family donated the organs and tissues of Zachary Smith, and Hannaleigh and Ricky Suttles and have been told that nearly two dozen people have been helped, Rocky Smith told WGHP-TV in High Point.