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Genghis Grill near Vegas Aids Shooting Victim's Family


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Genghis Grill staffers in Henderson, Nevada, were reeling after the tragedy at a Las Vegas Walmart June 8. That’s when Joseph Wilcox was killed while attempting to stop a shooting rampage after two police officers in a nearby restaurant were ambushed and executed. This week they found a measure of peace.

On Wednesday, the store held a fundraiser in conjunction with the Christian Hope Project, founded by police officers, and donated 100 percent of sales for the day to Wilcox’s family. The total was expected to near $10,000.

“His funeral was delayed because his family couldn’t afford to bury him,” said William Rodriguez, franchisee of the store, about Wilcox. “I think Mr. Wilcox probably saved a number of lives in that Walmart.”

The store manager, Regan Noad, and her team “live here in the community and they were deeply affected” by the shooting, Rodriguez said. “It was a little cathartic for the team,” to hold the fundraiser. “You feel so helpless when something like this happens.”

Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were the police officers killed, allegedly by Jerad and Amanda Miller. Jerad was killed by police at the Walmart; Amanda shot and killed herself, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Rodriguez said his store regularly holds fundraisers in conjunction with community groups and already had an event scheduled with Christian Hope Project. While multiple funds were raised for the police officers, that wasn’t the case for the Wilcox family, he said, leading to the idea for Wednesday’s event.

Not every franchise would connect itself with a tragedy, but Genghis Grill corporate and franchisees alike often do so, Rodriguez said, whether after a shooting in College Station, Texas, for example, or tornadoes in Oklahoma City. “We’re really entrenched in our local communities, and when things like this happen we do our best to contribute any way we can.”

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