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.

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.

Sarah Spindler, left, her husband, Joseph Spindler attend the graveside service for their son, Jason Spindler, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery in Houston on Thursday, Jan. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Sarah Spindler, left, her husband, Joseph Spindler attend the graveside service for their son, Jason Spindler, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery in Houston on Thursday, Jan. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Mourners gather for a graveside service for Jason Spindler at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery in Houston on Thursday, Jan. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Mourners gather for a graveside service for Jason Spindler at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery in Houston on Thursday, Jan. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Sarah Spindler, center, with her husband, Joseph Spindler, right, shovels dirt onto the casket of their son Jason Spindler during his graveside service at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery in Houston on Thursday, Jan. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Sarah Spindler, center, with her husband, Joseph Spindler, right, shovels dirt onto the casket of their son Jason Spindler during his graveside service at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery in Houston on Thursday, Jan. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

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