Victims’ fund grows on eve of funeral for youngest Aurora shooting victim

AURORA, Ill. – The  victims’ family fund of the five people killed in the Aurora shooting has grown to $125,000.

The news comes on the eve of the first of the funerals.  A visitation and funeral will be held Wednesday for the youngest victim, Trevor Wayner, 21, in his hometown of Sheridan. Wehner, was a Northern Illinois University business student. He was killed on the first day of his internship at Henry Pratt.

Gary Martin, a Henry Pratt employee who was about to lose his job opened fire at the warehouse Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers. Martin died in a shootout with police.

The deceased victims were identified Saturday as:

  • Clayton Parks, of Elgin, Ill., a human resources manager who began working at Henry Pratt in November;
  • Trevor Wehner, 21, of DeKalb, Ill., a human resources intern and student at Northern Illinois University;
  • Russell Beyer, of Yorkville, Ill., a union chairman who worked at Henry Pratt for more than 20 years;
  • Vicente Juarez, of Oswego, Ill., a stock room attendant and fork lift operator who had been with the company since 2006;
  • and Josh Pinkard, of Oswego, Ill., a plant manager from Alabama who moved to Aurora last year.

The visitation and funeral for Russell Beyer will be Thursday at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave. in Montgomery. Funeral service will be on Friday at same location. Beyer worked at Henry Pratt for 25 plus years and was a union shop chairman.

The visitation and funeral for Vicente Juarez will be Thursday at Dunn Family Funeral Home in Oswego. Funeral service will be Friday at same location. Juarez was a stock room attendant and fork lift operator who had been with Henry Pratt since 2006.

Visitation for Clayton Parks, 32, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Willow Funeral Home, 1415 W. Algonquin Road, in Algonquin. Parks, an Elgin resident, was a human resources manager hired last November.

Governor Pritzker said Wednesday the state will now work at tightening restrictions when it comes to FOID card revocations.

Aurora’s mayor, joined by police and fire, held a news conference Tuesday updating on the five injured officers from Friday’s shooting. One officer remains in the hospital.

Aurora police also said an audit of their records show no indication they received notice from the Illinois State Police on the revocation of the gunman’s firearm owners identification card in 2014, when a fingerprint search revealed Martin’s criminal past.

The Henry Pratt Co., will be open any employees who want to spend time with colleagues and counselors will be available, spokeswoman Yolanda Kokayi said. She said the warehouse tentatively won't return to full production until Feb. 25.

"The lives lost were not only our employees, but also fathers, husbands, grandfathers, brothers, sons and our friends," Kokayi said in an emailed statement Monday. "Their loss has left a huge void in us all."

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