(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)- Bringing flowers and candles, hundreds paid their respects to Officer Igor Soldo, Officer Alyn Beck and civilian Joseph Wilcox, all three murdered on Sunday. It was a packed parking lot outside of the Cici’s Restaurant near Nellis and Stewart. From local law enforcement officers to families who live in the neighborhood, many say attending the vigil was a top priority.
The crowd spent the early evening singing worship songs and praying for peace and for safety in the community and for Metro officers. Devita Menendez was brought to tears while looking at the growing memorial.
“It’s scary because it could happen to anyone…your brother, sister, dad. I didn’t know these officers but I have friends who are cops and it just hits close to home, ” said Menendez as she cried.
Initally, many tell KXNT they were fearful of attending due to the randomness of Sunday’s shooting, but the urge to pay respects brought hundreds out.
“I was afraid. I didn’t bring my little girl because I was scared of what could happen. I mean, these police officers were just eating lunch when they were killed, so coming here made me a little nervous,” explained Menendez. “Now that I’m here, it’s beautiful…just beautiful to see this much support from the community.”
The president of the Injured Police Officers Fund, Detective Richard Golgart, had a chance to address the crowd, telling everyone how to donate funds to the families of the officers. Speaking with KXNT, Golgart says raising money for the families is a top priority because expenses are sure to add up. Whether it be to fly family in from out of town or provide money for food, Golgart says any little bit helps.
“We are trying to get some of the funds to them right away so they can start to offset those costs,” explained Golgart. ” We have opened up two bank accounts. We will close those accounts after 90 days and all of the money raised will be split evenly between Officers Soldo’s and Beck’s families. ”
You can also donate online on the Injured Police Officers Fund website.