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Family announces funeral plans for Joseph Wilcox

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LAS VEGAS -- The family of Joseph Wilcox, the bystander who tried to stop last Sunday's shooting rampage that left Wilcox and two police officers dead, announced his funeral will take place Sunday, June 22.

The Wilcox family is opening the funeral to the public. The services take place at 2 p.m. at Palm Downtown Mortuary at 1325 North Main Street.

Wilcox, 31, was legally carrying a concealed handgun. He was in Wal-Mart where he observed Jerad Miller enter the store and fire a shot. Wilcox went to confront Miller, but was shot by Amanda Miller who was behind him.

Las Vegas police have referred to him as a hero for his efforts to stop the shooting.

Jeremy Tanner was with Wilcox on Sunday when the shooting happened.

"Everybody else was panicking, running out. He went straight for his gun and went for the gunman. No hesitation. He did what he thought he had to do," Tanner said. "I'm proud to be his friend but I am also saddened I can't talk to him."

Since Sunday, Tanner has helped the family cope with its grief. While family members are still too devastated to talk about Wilcox, they are comforted by how friends, neighbors and strangers have stepped up to help them. A fund set up for the family has received nearly $40,000 in donations. The money will be used to help give Wilcox a hero's goodbye.

There are several events taking place around the valley to raise money for the Wilcox family and the families of the officers. Click here for more information on how you can help.

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