AUSTIN, Texas (CIRCA via KEYE) — An American citizen who graduated from the University of Texas and survived 9/11 has been identified as one of at least 14 people killed in a deadly terror attack in Kenya's capital.
Jason Spindler died Tuesday after Islamic extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Nairobi.
Jason Spindler was one of those rare men who was loved by pretty much anyone be touched in Kenya and around the world. Today he was killed in the terrible al shabab attack in Nairobi. He chose a life of hope and inclusion. I am grateful to have known and learned from him. pic.twitter.com/B4YnxB6bic— Chris Schroeder (@cmschroed) January 16, 2019
It started with the terrorists setting off car bombs, then gunning down unsuspecting victims at restaurants. According to his colleagues, Spindler was having lunch at the hotel when the ambush happened.
Family members said Spindler had joined the Peace Corps after surviving the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and was trying to make a positive change in developing nations.
The terror group al-Shabab, linked to al-Qaida, took responsibility for the deadly attack.
Now, Kenyans are urging their government to tighten security to prevent any future extremist attacks on their country.