Police say the man behind the trigger was 27-year-old William Jones - who went on a carjacking spree after killing Plesec. Others were injured along the way.
While those people are recovering, kids and adults at the Salvation Army Temple Crops are trying to cope with the loss.
“He took a wonderful person out of this world,” Hercules Shepherd, member of the Salvation Army Temple Crops, said.
Plesec worked with children at the temple for years - dedicating his entire life to helping others.
“Look at the kids’ faces - they’re broken. These kids knew this was someone that wouldn't walk away from them," Maj. Alverio said.
While hugs were shared and tears were shed, the reminder of Plesec’s spirit was felt far and wide.
“He was an A-1 kid,” Shepherd said.
Maj. Alverio had these words for Plesec’s killer:
“Jared loved everybody. Jared wanted nothing more than to see you saved, to see you knowing the Lord and to recognize that there’s better things in this life than the world tells us there is," he said.
Jones is currently behind bars. So far police haven’t said what charges he’ll face for the crime spree.