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Murdered Kroger employee's father hopes for justice

Jack Combs III Jack Combs III
Jack Combs, Jr. Jack Combs, Jr.
Aaron Cross Aaron Cross

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A honest, hardworking and loyal man. That's how the father of the murdered St. Matthews Kroger employee described his son.

Even though a man has been charged with the murder of Jack Combs, III, that doesn't mean the case is closed. The investigation is ongoing and police say there could be more arrests in the future.

"The sense of loss is overwhelming," said Jack Combs, Jr., the victim's father.

Nearly two months after his son was gunned down after work time has not helped heal the pain he continues to feel.

"I don't know that there could be anything worse than losing your first born child especially like this," said Combs.

The 34-year-old had worked at the St. Matthews Kroger since he was 16 years old. His father said he was loved, and would always cheer on the Cincinnati Reds and Kentucky Wildcats. He was loyal to his teams, his friends, his family and his job.

"He did the right thing, he worked hard, he really liked working at Kroger," said Combs.

Combs said his son would speak highly of his co-workers, but never mentioned the name Aaron Cross, the 18-year-old who also worked at the store. Cross was arrested for Combs' murder earlier this month. Police said when he shot Combs, Cross' motive was money.

"The sense of loss of my son is overwhelming and it overwhelms the sense or the need for revenge or retribution, those things pale in comparison," said Combs.

While Combs father plans to leave it in the courts hands, he hopes if there are other suspects involved they will eventually be caught.

"We will do everything we can to help secure justice for Jack," said Combs.

Combs said he can't thank the St. Matthews Police Department enough for their hard work and also really appreciates the community's support during this difficult time.

If you have any additional information about this case you are asked to call (502) 893-9000.

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