Thousands brave freezing cold in vigil for Illinois shooting victims

Thousands brave freezing cold in vigil for Illinois shooting victims

Thousands brave freezing cold in vigil for Illinois shooting victims

Written by Reuters

18 Feb, 2019 | 3:27 pm

Reuters – More than 2,000 people braved icy rain in sub-freezing temperatures in Illinois on Sunday (February 17) for a vigil paying respects to five people killed and five police officers wounded by a factory worker who opened fire on Friday (February 15) after losing his job.

Solemn mourners stood before five white crosses with the names of the dead that became a shrine to the victims bearing pictures and hand-written remembrances outside the factory where the shooting took place in Aurora, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago.

The crosses bore the names of the dead: Trevor Wehner, a 21-year-old intern; Josh Pinkard, the plant manager; Clayton Parks, the human resources manager; Russell Beyer, a mold operator and union chairman; and Vicente Juarez, a stock room attendant and forklift operator.

A sixth employee and five police officers responding to the scene were wounded. The gunman himself was slain about 90 minutes later in a gunfight with police who stormed the building.

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