Son Remembers Youth Pastor Killed in Multivehicle Crash - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Son Remembers Youth Pastor Killed in Multivehicle Crash



    Brian Jennings' son, Evan, shared his heartbreak over losing his father in a deadly crash on Father's Day. Jennings had stopped to help someone on Burleson Retta Road. (Published Tuesday, June 18, 2013)

    The son of a youth pastor killed in a multivehicle crash in Fort Worth over the weekend says his family is focusing on forgiveness.

    Brian "B.J." Jennings was killed while helping a driver with her broken-down vehicle on Burleson Retta Road. Jennings, the driver he was helping and two other Good Samaritans were killed in a crash that involved Jennings' pickup truck and two other vehicles driven by teenagers.

    His son, Evan Jennings, 19, spoke to reporters about his father on Tuesday.

    "What I've felt since that night is sadness, anger and confusion," he said.

    On Sunday, after the crash, Jennings said he found his father's lesson plan for this week's youth meeting. It was on forgiveness.

    "Though his death was a result of the actions and decisions of others, we serve a God of forgiveness and love, and that's where our hearts are," he said.

    Jennings said his father could always connect with his children, whether it was listening to music, watching sports or simply goofing around. His father was the kind of man he wants to become, he said.

    "He was a loving father," Jennings said. "He loved his kids and was never afraid to tell us so."

    His father also loved his mother, he said. The two would have been married 20 years in August.

    "My mom said that my dad wasn't perfect but he was perfect for us," Jennings said.

    He said his family is praying for the families of the other victims of this crash.

    Breanna Mitchell, 24, and mother and daughter Hollie and Shelby Boyle, who lived nearby and came out to help Mitchell, were killed in the crash.

    Tarrant County investigators said Tuesday that they believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, but it could take weeks to receive the results of toxicology tests.