A 21-year-old was shot dead as he clutched his bible and witnessed to his killer.

Tragedy struck in Cleveland, Ohio, earlier this month when a local Salvation Army worker was shot dead while clutching his Bible — a horrific crime that reportedly unfolded while he was sharing the gospel with the assailant.

Jared Plesec was found shot in the head on Saturday morning in the lobby of his apartment complex, with police alleging that a 27-year-old man named William Jones is responsible.


Plesec, who has worked as a Bible study teacher for the Salvation Army for a few years, was reportedly wearing his uniform when he was killed and was on his way to volunteer to collect money for the organization’s annual Red Kettle campaign.

Witnesses also said that Plesec was sharing scripture with the accused when he was killed.

Described as kind, loving and compassionate, Plesec spent his time mentoring local kids and had aspirations of saving money for a car so that he could help bring people to church. The Salvation Army confirmed the tragic death in an email to WKYC on Sunday.

The statement read, “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.”

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