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Funeral held for innocent man killed in ambush shootings

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Funeral held for innocent man killed in ambush shootings

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Jun 22, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The third man killed in the June 8 shooting rampage was remembered in a funeral service on Sunday.

Joseph Wilcox tried to take down Jerad and Amanda Miller when they entered a Walmart store, fired a shot, and declared the start of a revolution.

They had already killed Las Vegas Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo.

Joseph Wilcox was not a police officer, but he was honored like one. The Honor Guard performed, Sheriff Doug Gillespie spoke of him as a hero, and he was posthumously awarded the City Medal of Valor.

PHOTOS: Funeral service for Joseph Wilcox

More than 100 people, including many police officers, city council members and even a senator, came to support the Wilcox family in their time of grief.

Joseph Wilcox was just 31-years-old when he was killed, but his family members said he had wisdom beyond his years and the depth of character that was on full display when he put his life on the line to save others.

That's why the city council awarded him one of their highest honor, the Medal of Valor.

Wilcox is survived by his mother, sisters and a brother.

His family is receiving support from several fundraisers around the valley from people eager to show their gratitude for Joseph laying down his life.

Jacqui Heinrich

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently a general assignment reporter for Action News.