Family and friends gathered at a Houston cemetery to remember Jason Spindler, one of the 21 people killed in an extremist attack last week in Nairobi at a luxury hotel and shopping complex.
The Houston Chronicle reports the 40-year-old was remembered as a compassionate person who was close to his family at the burial service Thursday at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery.
Childhood friend Justin Esch said, "People like Jason do not just happen -- they're made."
Al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the Jan. 15 attack in which extremists stormed the complex with guns and explosives.
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Spindler, who grew up in Houston, had been living in Kenya for about five years. He was the co-founder of I-DEV International, a San Francisco-based company that matches investors to emerging markets.