Family and Friends Remember Las Vegas Shooting Victims
A community in tears.
That’s how the mayor of Las Vegas described her city after a husband-and-wife team gunned down two police officers and a civilian.
The officers were on their lunch break at a pizza place. They had no time to react.
The third victim, a civilian, attempted to confront the couple at a nearby Walmart, and died in the process.
A day after the killings, the three were being remembered Monday for their sacrifice and service.
“We’re a community in tears here. I will tell you these were wonderful officers,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
Here’s a closer look at those killed:
Alyn Beck, 41
Officer Beck, 41, joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) in August 2001.
His friends say he was a good person, always willing to lend a hand.
“He was always about service. He was the funnest guy. He was, you know, you think of some people who are good in eulogy only, and Alyn is the absolute opposite of that.
“Alyn is easy to eulogize because that’s all he was, was good,” said Tracy Smith, a friend.
Beck is survived by his wife and three children.
Igor Soldo, 31
Officer Soldo joined the police department in April 2006.
He attended high school in Lincoln, Nebraska, and worked as a corrections officer before joining the force.
Described by family as a good father and a great man, Soldo is survived by his wife and baby.
He and Beck were on their lunch break at a CiCi’s Pizza when authorities say Jerad and Amanda Miller came into the restaurant and opened fire on the officers at close range.
“I think you can all imagine if this happened to one of your loves ones what just that impact might be. They’re trying to process what is it that has taken place,” Sheriff Doug Gillespie said about the victims’ families.
“They have good support but it’s going to be a difficult road — two young families and their fathers are no longer there.”
Joseph Wilcox, 31
After the Millers shot the officers, they fled to a Walmart where Jerad Miller allegedly fired one round and told everyone to get out.
Wilcox, who was in the story and who was carrying a concealed weapon, moved to confront the shooter. But he didn’t realize Jerad Miller was not alone.
Authorities say Amanda Miller shot Wilcox, killing him.
“Joseph died attempting to protect others. His death is completely senseless,” said Sheriff Gillespie.
Wilcox’s sister, CJ Wilcox, told CNN affiliate KLAS her family is still trying to make sense of what happened.
She described her brother as brave.
The sister said: “I’m proud of him and I also wished he hadn’t done it ’cause he’d still be here.”