The caskets of eight family members will be lined up inside a church in a small Minnesota community, far from the Texas home where they were killed.

The victims, including six children, will be buried in La Crescent, a city of about 5,000 along the banks of the Mississippi River.

A funeral service at United Methodist Church is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Pastor Gregg Nelson says the family from Houston will be buried in La Crescent because the last surviving sibling lives there.

Hundreds of mourners are expected in La Crescent, including extended family members from the Chicago area.

The victims include Valerie and Dwayne Jackson, 13-year-old Nathaniel, 11-year-old Honesty, 10-year-old Dwayne, 9-year-old Caleb, 7-year-old Trinity and 6-year-old Jonah. The mother's ex-boyfriend is accused in the fatal shootings.