Department gave all their attention to the two officers who lost their lives during that brutal and shocking attack.
METRO always has an open bank account for the community to donate money to help the families of fallen officers with funeral
arrangements, and makes that known; but it seemed no one in the media
had anything much to say about any fund-raising account for the lone
citizen who had nothing to do with whatever issues the two criminals
may have had with the police or with the system, and who was acting
with the intention of stopping the male shooter with his concealed
carry weapon, until brought down by the female shooter with a shot
What we know about that brave Walmart shopper that was killed during
the attack is that his name is Joseph Robert Wilcox, and he has a
mother, Debra, an uncle, and close friends, one of whom was at the
Walmart store with him. We know that his mother has no funds available
for his burial, never expecting that such might be needed. Has Metro
possibly opened an account for the family of that innocent man who
happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? We do not know.
Has Metro met with his family and offered their condolences? Again, we
do not know.
While this whole incident is tragic and sad beyond belief, and no one
would in any way diminish the loss that both Metro and the community
as a whole is feeling right now, we need to remember that those two
police officers were not the only victims of this senseless tragedy.
We believe it is time for the Metro administration to start showing
more regard for any others (outside of their Metro family) who might
ever be directly affected by such an event as recently happened, and
to show it at the time of the tragedy.
And we have to remember that Metro officers have insurance; and they
have a union that brags about having control over, and the best
interests of, the rank and file in mind; and that they are, or should
be, looking out for their members’ families when a tragedy like this
We now know that a few individuals and/or organizations have set up a
fund for those who so desire to contribute to the Joseph Wilcox
Memorial fund. The money collected will go toward the funeral expenses
for this hero-by-intention. For those who wish to contribute, a
memorial fund in his name has been set up at Wells Fargo, account
number 8485852688. Additional short-term fund-raising was facilitated
by Mark and Mercedes with MIX 94-1-FM and the Trauma Intervention
Program of Southern Nevada, as well as two local Dunkin’ Donuts
A candlelight vigil was scheduled to honor the two officers who were
killed, but we do not know at this time if there was a candle lit in
honor of Joseph Robert Wilcox at that vigil. Local pastors and
community leaders teamed up for the event, which was to be open to the
The flags at LVMPD headquarters were lowered to half staff in honor of
the fallen officers. We believe they included the name of that
innocent civilian who also lost his life in that gesture of honor.
A memorial of flowers and candles has already been started at Metro
headquarters. Although there might be such a display somewhere for
Joseph Robert Wilcox, we feel that, from the little bit we know about
him, he would prefer that his memorial be to simply remain in the
hearts of his family and friends.
During a delayed press conference the day after the killings, a Metro
Public Information Officer used the opportunity to campaign for
Sheriff Gillespie’s “shoulder-tapped” candidate for the election
(which took place on Tuesday, June 10) by not only mentioning the name
of the candidate more than three times, but also by spelling his name
in case anyone in the media may not have known how to spell the
anointed candidate’s name.