TERRELL (CBSDFW.COM) – The first of the funerals for five people killed in a shooting rampage in Terrell took place Saturday afternoon. Belinda Walker, 55 and Mary Catherine Brownlow, 61, were remembered in a service that drew hundreds to the First Baptist Church of Terrell. Both women are related to the suspect in the shootings, Charles Brownlow.
Mary Catherine Brownlow is his mother, and Belinda Walker is his aunt.
Charles Brownlow is accused of shooting the two women to death, and setting fire to his mother’s home on Monday night, as well as killing three more people that evening before he was captured by police.
Several pastors spoke at the funeral for Brownlow, and Walker. Friends described it as a celebration of life, with tears, but also smiles.
The sanctuary that seats up to a 1,000 people was packed to capacity. A burial took place immediately following the service.
Just two blocks away, friends and family of Luis Leal-Carillo tearfully gathered at the funeral home for a visitation. Leal-Carillo, 22, leaves behind a fiancé and a newborn baby. He was working at Ali’s Market when police say Brownlow went inside the store, and shot the young man.
Friday night, friends and family of Leal-Carillo, who is described as a loving father and husband and a hard worker, gathered at the store to pray.
Friends then took his white pickup truck parked outside, and hand washed it, as Leal-Carillo liked to keep it sparkling clean. They returned the truck to the parking lot and laid flowers on the windshield.
The popular convenience store reopened on Wednesday evening. Store owner Ali Karimi is taking a collection for the family to help with funeral expenses. On the counter rests a memorial candle, a cross, and a small bible.
He says, several customers have stopped in to donate, or to leave a card of sympathy.
Karimi says Leal-Carillo was like a son to him, and the loss is very hard.
The funeral for Luis Leal-Carillo will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m., at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell.
Kelleye Pratt and Jason Wooden will be remembered the next day. The couple were killed Monday evening at their home in Terrell, while their son slept in another bedroom.
Services for Pratt and Wooden will be held at Lifepointe Church, 1600 Griffith Road, Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Terrell.
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