"My son carries a CCW and happened to have his firearm. He stopped carrying for the longest time. He pulled it and his friend said, ‘Joseph, let's go.' His friend started running, turned around and didn't see Joseph," said Joseph Wilcox's mother, Debra Wilcox.
Metro police said Joseph Wilcox confronted Jared Miller, but wasn't aware Amanda Miller was behind him. She shot him from behind, and he died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the coroner reported.
Debra Wilcox and her family waited 14 hours for the Clark County coroner to inform them of Joseph Wilcox's death. They said they knew he had died long before that, though.
Joseph Wilcox's friend called Debra Wilcox, urging her to get to the Walmart store. She said she and her family walked the perimeter of the parking lot, asking if anyone had seen her son. Finally, out of desperation, they called the coroner.
Debra Wilcox said she realized her son was the one killed when she tracked his cell phone.
"I called his phone and it showed that it was on the floor at Walmart customer service, and I told them [family] he was gone," she said.
Debra Wilcox said she's not surprised her son tried to intervene.
"I guess I can tell you that I wish he didn't go into that Walmart. I wish he didn't. I'm glad he helped," she said.
An account has been set up at Wells Fargo bank for those wishing to donate money to Joseph Wilcox's family. It is:
Joseph R. Wilcox Memorial Fund
Account number: 8485852688
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