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Community rallies for officers, bystander killed in shooting

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LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of people turned out Monday night to honor two Metro Police officers and the bystander who were killed in a shooting Sunday. The candlelight vigil took place at the Cici’s Restaurant where the ambush started.

A memorial has grown tremendously with people leaving candles, flowers, signs of love, and support for three lives taken.

Hundreds of people paid their respects to bystander 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox and the two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck. Metro Police Captain Rich Fletcher said the outpouring of support since the shooting has been incredible.

"We're hurting, and you can't deny that,” Fletcher said. "Sometimes, it's hard to get hugs from strangers while in uniform, but right now, there's an acceptance, almost a want."

The vigil was filled with prayers, tears and messages of hope.

"This was an overwhelming turnout. It was an expression of love and an expression of solidarity,” Pastor Troy Martinez of the East Vegas Christian Center said.

Las Vegas resident Sheila Custard said she had to show her support to show police they're not alone in dealing with this loss.

"I haven't thought about anything else. It was really hard,” Custard said. “Even at work, everyone is talking about it. It has touched a lot people and it has really opened a lot of eyes. There are a lot of emotions running through and it is really touching how many people came out, and I said, it could have been me or my kids."

The innocent bystander, Wilcox, tried to confront the shooters and was also honored for his bravery. His mother Debra Wilcox says the family is devastated by the loss.

"It hasn't set in yet. I just don't know he's not coming home. I keep looking for him to walk through, in the door. He's not going to do that again, and I don't understand why they had to shoot him," she said.

Three lives were taken in a senseless rampage and will be remembered as the community prepares to say goodbye.

Police will begin preparations for the officer’s funerals. Metro leaders are expected to meet with the families Tuesday.

LVMPD officials have received calls from all over the country from people who wish to contribute to the Injured Police Officers Fund. To contribute, go to
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