LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The leader of Kentucky’s largest religious organization is asking for prayer for the family of Jason Spencer, the newlywed husband who had just returned from his honeymoon when he was killed in an armed robbery in the Highlands area of Louisville.
Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood called on the 750,000 members of the organization to pray especially for Spencer’s wife, Andrea.
“This was a senseless tragedy and all too common in Louisville. Andrea and the rest of the family desperately need our prayers,” Chitwood said. “We should also pray for the young men who took Jason’s life, that they would turn to Christ and be saved. With teenagers gunning down innocent people on the street, the crisis facing our state’s largest city in yet another record-breaking year of murders has only one real solution: the gospel.”
Spencer, 30, a member and lay leader of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, died Sunday night, less than two weeks after his marriage.
Louisville police said he was walking with his wife when two teens tried to rob them. A 15-year-old boy is in custody. Police are still looking for the second assailant.
Investigators told WDRB-TV in Louisville that Spencer was carrying a gun when he went for a walk with his wife on Everett Avenue on Sunday night. He was able to return fire and hit the teenage suspect, who was found a short time later.
In a statement, Sojourn Community Church said Spencer was a “long-time, faithful member.”
“He loved life and lived it to the full,” the statement continued. “He was full of joy, quick to help, and serve others. Jason was a faithful friend to many. He was a strong Christian, who exemplified the love of Christ to everyone he met. Our Sojourn Church family is grieving deeply together and saddened by this tragic loss. He will be deeply missed. We are praying and caring for his wife Andrea, his family, and the community of friends who loved him dearly."
Spencer worked for Humana on the company’s social media team where he was known as an innovator.
“Jason Spencer had an ever-engaging smile, can-do attitude and commitment to improving Humana for everyone we serve,” the company said in a statement. “We will miss him, and we are holding his family in our thoughts.”