Husband of Former Miss Mississippi Reportedly Killed in Front of 2-Year-Old Son While Sharing His Faith, Had Another Child on the Way

An absolutely tragic and horrific story coming out of Montgomery, Alabama this week as a man was killed while sharing the gospel last weekend.

Thomas Hand, Jr., 37, was the husband of former Miss Mississippi Christine Kozlowski Hand. According to WLOX-TV he died at the scene of the crime in front of his 2-year-old child.

Multiple outlets reported his wife and child were both with him, with the Daily Mail now reporting that he was sharing his Christian Faith with individuals in a rough Alabama neighborhood at the time of the attack.

Sources told the outlet Hand was discussing faith on Saturday when a mumbling man approached and decided to open fire. A 17-year-old named Jeremiah Walker was reportedly arrested and charged with Capital Murder.

“What you said is true,” Christian Kozlowski Hand reportedly said in a brief statement to the Daily Mail. “It was a complete random act of violence.”

This is Satan, trying to take away the good in the world, and as Matthew 5:45 says, “The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.”

We believe that Hands memory will live on, as will his helping to spread the message of Jesus Christ.

“Thank you for all of the thoughts and prayers during this time of the passing of my husband Tommy Hand,” she wrote. “I feel the love and support from everyone and just wanted to let everyone know that indeed Tommy was shot and killed last night on Texas Street in Montgomery.”

His wife Christine says she welcomes the messages, but is “overwhelmed” by the questions and need to unfortunately retell what happened.

“I will at a later date release more information to explain everything to everyone,” she wrote.

Hand asked supporters of her husband’s business, Hand Nutrition, to remain with the family and pledged to continue serving them.

“We ask that you stick with us as this will be our only means of support for our son and baby to be,” she said. “We need your support now more than ever. We love you guys, the company will relocate to my hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi. The weekend orders will ship on Monday as usual.”

The Daily Mail reported that Thomas Hand became a Christian in 2018 and that he and his wife would often visit tough neighborhoods to share their faith. Some reports indicate this was something they did on Saturdays.

“He started going to church, went and got saved,” friend Luke Lemus told the Daily Mail. “He studied the Bible day-in and day-out.”

Lemus added, “It’s a huge tragedy, not only to his wife, but we lost a very dear friend, as well. Heaven definitely gained an angel. It’s selfish to think we wish we could have it back.”

A heartbreaking Facebook post by Thomas Hand just days before the shooting celebrated his wife on their anniversary. At the end of the message, he wrote, “I can’t wait to meet our next baby this summer.”

A GoFundMe organized by Hand’s sister with a goal of just $3,000 has already brought in more than $33,000, as friends, loved ones, and strangers pitch in to help.

The goal is to raise money to help support the grieving family, especially with a new baby on the way.

Thanks to our friends at CBN and The Daily mail for contributing to this article.

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