President Obama issued a statement Sunday saying he was “heartbroken” after a White House staffer, Jake Brewer, was killed in a bicycle accident.
“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,” the president said. “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.”
Brewer, 34, was a senior policy adviser in the White House Office of the Chief Technology office. The Washington Post reported Saturday that he was killed in Howard County, Maryland, during a bicycle ride that raised money to fight cancer. Brewer apparently lost control of his bicycle at a sharp curve along the race course, crossed the double yellow line and had a collision with an oncoming vehicle.
His wife, Mary Katharine Ham, is a conservative commentator and journalist. She shared news of her husband’s death in a post on Instagram Sunday.
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SOURCE: CBS News, Rebecca Kaplan