Jared Plesec, a 21-year-old employee with Salvation Army in Collinwood, was murdered Saturday morning in a Cleveland apartment, Bible in hand.
He was shot in the head by 27-year old William Jones who fled the scene and went on a carjacking crime spree that ended in Lakewood. Reports say he was preaching to Jones when the latter pulled a gun and shot him in the head.
Plesec was wearing his full Salvation Army uniform as at the time of his death.
Described as sweet and full of faith, he worked with the organisation as a Bible study teacher.
The Salvation Army released the following statement:
Jared was an employee (youth worker) and church member of The Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center in Collinwood. Jared died as he lived, sharing God’s love. Jared passed away in full Salvation Army uniform with his Bible in hand leaving home on his day off to volunteer at The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle.
In the past two days, hundreds of individuals, mostly youth, have flocked to The Salvation Army in Collinwood to pay tribute to Jared’s life. They all had one thing in common, Jared loved them, he cared for them and he changed their lives.
Today our we feel great loss that Jared was taken from us too soon. Yet we rejoice that he is in heaven with the loving Heavenly Father he told so many people about.
Well done, good and faithful servant.
His killer is being charged with aggravated murder, grand theft auto and fleeing and eluding.
On Sunday, The Salvation Army held a service for him, where friends of the young man remembered him as a devout Christian who willingly shared the gospel and lived to “love and care for people.”
*May his soul rest in perfect peace.