Family, friends remember man shot, killed in Wichita nightclub
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The family of Preston Spencer is remembering him as “a man that was unforgettable, even if you met him once.”
Kendra Spencer, Preston’s wife, released a statement on Tuesday saying, “My husband could light up a room just by walking in and saying hello. He took care of his family before himself every single day, making sure that we always felt his deep love for us. Preston was one of the greatest gifts I was blessed to have, and he gave me two beautiful children to share this life with. There is nothing that can bring him back, but he will live on in the legacy that he leaves behind. Our family and friends, and the Wichita community will always remember all the laughs and joy Preston brought into our lives on this side of Heaven. We all gained an angel to watch over us.”
Wichita police identified Preston Spencer as one of six people shot overnight at the Enigma Club & Lounge in Wichita’s Old Town entertainment district. Preston died from his injuries. Five women were critically or seriously injured.
Preston was also a bartender at Twelve Restaurant & Bar. The business announced Tuesday that it would be closed to “process what has happened.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the Spencer family. According to the page, Spencer leaves behind his wife, Kendra, and two children. Tuesday night, friends gathered at The Stop, Spencer’s favorite bar in Wichita. They said they’re heartbroken by his death, but that their purpose of gathering wasn’t to be sad, but to celebrate the life of an amazing man gone too soon.
“Seeing a man like hi taken so early from his family who he absolutely loved is a massive tragedy,” Spencer’s friend, Matt Jones said.
Outside the Enigma Club & Lounge, what was a chaotic scene less than 24 hours earlier sat quiet Tuesday night. Flowers and broken glass are the only signs that a tragedy unfolded. Down the street at Preston’s favorite bar, friends shared laughs and reflected on the impact he made on all who knew him. At The Stop is a spot forever reserved for the man who friends say was a loving, proud father of two, a caring husband, a well-known bartender and an incredible friend gone too soon.
“There is always going to be a spot for him at this bar,” Spencer’s friend, Ronnie Williams said. “It’s heartbreaking. He’s such an amazing person and we were all so lucky we got to know him.”
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