UT Grad Among Those Killed In Kenya Hotel Attack | KERA News

UT Grad Among Those Killed In Kenya Hotel Attack

Jan 16, 2019

The father of the American killed in the attack in Kenya's capital says his son worked in the complex and often ate at a cafe in the luxury hotel targeted by the gunmen.

Jason Spindler's father, Joseph, says his son grew up in Houston, graduated from the University of Texas and was enjoying a successful career on Wall Street when he decided that he wanted to develop a model for helping low-income people.

Jason Spindler entered the Peace Corps and lived in Peru, where he developed sustainable business models for rural residents.

Spindler, who would have turned 41 next Tuesday, later became a founder of I-DEV International and had been living in Kenya for about five years.

His father says he worked with international companies to form business partnerships in Kenya that would boost local economies.

Kenyan police say the death toll from the extremist attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi has climbed to 21, plus the five militants killed. National police chief Joseph Boinnet spoke late Wednesday after six more bodies were found at the scene. He says a police officer later died of injuries. He says 28 people were wounded in the overnight attack. The British aid group Gatsby says its Africa programs director is among those killed in the attack in Kenya's capital. A statement says the group is "shocked and saddened" to confirm the death of Luke Potter. The British high commissioner earlier Wednesday said a British national was among the 14 victims in the attack in Nairobi. The Gatsby statement says Potter "had devoted the past 10 years of his career to helping some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world." 

A group of Muslim leaders in Kenya's capital have condemned the deadly hotel attack by Islamic extremists, calling it "immoral and inconsistent with any human values."

In a statement, the leaders urge Kenyans to stay calm and united and to "shun the desperate attempts by some misguided elements to divide the country along religious and ethnic lines."

Kenya's president says security forces killed the gunmen who attacked a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi on Tuesday. President Uhuru Kenyatta says 14 "innocent people" were killed. Al-Shabab — the Somalia-based extremist group linked to al-Qaida — claimed responsibility for the carnage.