By Samantha Ketterer Updated 10:20 am CST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 The American who was killed in a terror attack in Kenya has Houston ties, according to the Associated Press. Jason Spindler, who grew up in the area, has been identified as one of the 14 dead in the assault on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi. Spindler is the co-founder and chief executive of I-Dev International, which works on reducing poverty through “financial innovations,” the AP reported. Spindler lived in Kenya for the last five years, his father said. Al-Shabab, an extremist group allied to al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility for the carnage at the hotel, DusitD2. Jason Spindler’s father, Joseph, told the Associated Press that his son worked in the complex and ate frequently at a café there. Jason Spindler grew up in Houston, where his family still lives, and graduated from the University of Texas, his father said. He worked on Wall Street before entering the Peace Corps and living in Peru. He would have been 41 next Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.