There are no good words for such a horrible tragedy.

On Saturday Jake Brewer, Mary Katharine Ham’s husband, father of Georgia (and one on the way) was killed Saturday  while taking part in a bicycle ride to raise money to combat cancer. Jake was a White House staffer and if you don’t know Mary Katharine she is a long time blogger (now at Hot Air) and a Fox News contributor.

I don’t know MKH well, meeting her only a few times, she always seemed to me as a very nice and caring person who was very much in love with her husband and family, and while I never had the honor of meeting Jake, everybody who knew him told me he was a special man who cared about others, and a guy who put his wife, kid (with one on the way), and family first.

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Mary Katharine published this statement on Instagram, along with a picture of their growing family:


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Jake worked at the White House and President Obama released the following statement:

I am heartbroken at the tragic loss of one of my advisors, Jake Brewer.  We set out to recruit the best of the best to join their government and help us harness the power of technology and data to innovate new solutions for the 21st century.  Simply put, Jake was one of the best.  Armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back, Jake devoted his life to empowering people and making government work better for them.  He worked to give citizens a louder voice in our society.  He engaged our striving immigrants.  He pushed for more transparency in our democracy.  And he sought to expand opportunity for all.  I’ve often said that today’s younger generation is smarter, more determined, and more capable of making a difference than I was as a young man.  Jake was proof of that.  Michelle and I are praying for all of Jake’s family and his many friends, most of all his wife, Mary Katharine Ham, their daughter, Georgia, and their growing family.  They’ll always have a family here at the White House.

May God comfort Mary Katharine, and all of Jake’s family, friends, and other loved ones. And May Jake Brewer rest in God’s peace and may his memory always be for a blessing.

UPDATE: Guy Benson has set up a “Go Fund Me Page” to help pay for the education of Jake and Mary Katharine’s Children

Those of us who love Jake want to help ensure that Mary Katharine and the family have everything they need — now and (especially) in the future.  Please contribute to help provide for their childrens’ education as they grow up.

The link to the GoFundMe page is here, https://www.gofundme.com/p54ggr8g,  if you are so inclined please join me in donating.