Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News
Tonight a family and a community is in mourning. We have learned among the 4 victims killed in Saturday night’s crash in Fort Worth, was a mother and daughter and also youth minister (insert) Brian Jennings.
A family and a community is in mourning after four people were killed in a crash Saturday night in Fort Worth, including a mother, her daughter and a youth minister.
Brian Jennings, a father of three, had been the youth minister for six years at Alsbury Baptist Church in Burleson.
Late Saturday night, Jennings was driving home from a graduation party for his older son and some other children from the church when he stopped to help a driver on the side of the road.
"Brian had a way of making every teenager feel cherished, and valued," said Scott Sharman, senior pastor. "Brian had a heart for people who were hurting... he just had," said Sharman fighting back tears, "he just had a natural desire to minister to people."
Neighbors said a mother and her teenage daughter also tried to help.
"They walked out of their house and then are killed by a truck," said neighbor Jean Donawho, in disbelief.
A church community is now devastated; the Jennings' family is heartbroken.
"His oldest son, the one that just graduated, was at the house, ‘Why did it have to happen today?’" said Sharman. "I understand, Father's Day. The only comfort I have is that Brian is face-to-face with all of our father's."
A public memorial service for Jennings is being held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Venue 510, at 510 Wilshire in Burleson.
We have learned several teenagers were in one of the vehicles involved in the crash, two of whom are in critical condition.
Several of the teens are believed to have attended Central High School in Keller.
The district released this statement: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and those who were injured. We are hopeful that those hospitalized and fighting for their lives experience an immediate and full recovery."