Jake Brewer, Husband to Mary Katharine, Killed in Charity Bike Ride
Jake Brewer was killed yesterday afternoon while participating in a bicycle ride to raise money to fight cancer. He leaves behind his wife, the former Mary Katharine Hamm, their daughter Georgia, and another child on the way. He was 34.
My heart goes out to Mary Katharine, who I’ve known since attending my first Conservative Political Action Conference in 2005. She’s a sweet lady and this is a devastating loss.
Update (Doug Mataconis): Mary Katharine posted the following on Instagram this morning:
We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don’t have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father’s, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain– that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it’s because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin’ most of his time with all of us. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we’ll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3
I too had met Mary Katherine at several of the CPAC conference that I attended over the years, and also interviewed her earlier this summer in connection with the new book she had written with Guy Benson. There’s really so little one can say in a situation like this other than that I extend my sincerest condolences to her and her family.
Update #2 (Doug Mataconis): For those so inclined, friends of Mary Katherine and Jake have set up a GoFundMe campaign intended to help with college and other expenses for their children in the future. Within 24 hours, the campaign had already raised $200,000.