(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Mourners gathered at Palm Mortuary in downtown Las Vegas for a service for the civilian who was killed after a man and wife team of assailants shot and killed two Metro Police officers in an ambush earlier this month.
Joseph Wilcox, 31, died at a Wal-mart store after Metro Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were ambushed at point blank range as they ate lunch in a pizza parlor mid-day on June 8th.
Wilcox went for his own legal and concealed handgun after Jarad and Amanda Miller killed the officers, then proceeded to a Wal-Mart, where they fired a shot into the air and declared the start of a revolution.
As Wilcox moved toward Jarad Miller, he was shot from behind by Miller’s wife.
At the Sunday service, Pastor Steve Withey of Green Valley Christian Center urged everyone to be like Joseph. “Stand like a hero. Stand in courage. Stand in the face of fear in the depths of sorrow, in the shadow of darkness, and do what is needed. Stand and do the right thing.”
Sheriff Doug Gillespie praised Wilcox’s courage. “Joseph Wilcox did a heroic thing on June 8th. He not only helped fellow citizens that day, but he helped my officers”
“He was a man who cared about others. He was a man who was willing to be that person maybe some of us hope to be when danger looks us squarely in the eyes”, Gillespie said.
“He put himself in the place of danger when others did not have to do that. Joseph’s actions intervened, and he stopped a disaster from happening”, said Councilman Bob Coffin, who represents the 3rd District, where Wilcox resided. Coffin said he represented a contingent of public officials at the service who promise that they will not forget the Wilcox family. Coffin personally invited Wilcox’s mother to call on the city for help when it is needed.