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Murdered Kroger employee's father speaks

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Jack Combs, father of murder victim Jack Combs III. Jack Combs, father of murder victim Jack Combs III.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB) -- Honest, hardworking and very loyal.  Those are the words the father of a murdered Kroger employee uses to describe him.

Only on WDRB - We spoke with Jack Combs' father, and he told us how family members are feeling - now that there has been an arrest in the case.

Maybe you can't see it on the outside, but Jack Combs Jr. is in a lot of pain on the inside.

"When you lose your first born child, the loss, quite frankly, is overwhelming," says Jack Combs Jr., father of Kroger murder victim.

Combs' first born was Jack Combs III, who was shot and killed at the end of his shift outside the St. Matthews Kroger in November.  "It happened on November 23rd and I can tell you that things for our family have not gotten better," explains Combs.

Combs still remembers the night police came to his home with the news.

"There was a knock at my door and a person in uniform, shinning a flash light at me and there are three policemen from the St. Matthews police department came in and advised my wife and I that my son had been killed and that it was a homicide."

Last week, detectives arrested a co-worker, 18 year old Aaron Cross and charged him with murder and robbery.

Combs says, "It helped my situation...a little bit."

It may have helped, but both the crime and the suspect surprised Combs' family.

Combs said, "That was the last thing that I would expect for is my son to be shot and die at work...at Kroger."

The elder Combs also says his family is still devastated and wants justice...but nothing more.  "The sense of loss...overwhelming loss, overshadows completely any need for revenge or retribution."

Meanwhile, Combs says his son loved his job at Kroger and was hardworking and very loyal.

"Loyal to his family, and to his friends and ah, loyal to the Kentucky Wildcats."

And he had big plans for his future.  "I think that his biggest plans in the near future were to find a young lady and get married."

Police expect to make another arrest in the case in the near future.  Anyone with information about the murder can call St. Matthews Police.

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