Indivisible Aurora has planned a vigil and moment of silence for Monday Feb. 18. The vigil is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the moment of silence will be observed at 1:24 p.m., the time at which police received the first calls reporting the tragic shooting.
Aurora Strong has also started a community fund to aid families of the shooting victims with funeral expenses.
Trevor Wehner of DeKalb. Wehner was also new to Henry Pratt Co. As a matter of fact, Friday was his first day. A Northern Illinois University student, Wehner was a human resources intern. NIU President Lisa C. Freeman released this statement: “It is with deep sadness that I write today to share that NIU student Trevor Wehner and alumnus Clay Parks were killed yesterday afternoon in the workplace shooting at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, IL. Trevor was from Sheridan, IL, and expected to graduate in May with a degree in Human Resource Management. Friday was his first day as an intern at Henry Pratt. Clay was a 2014 graduate of the College of Business and worked as a human resources manager. Loss like this is devastating and senseless. I ask our university community to please keep the Wehner and Parks families, friends and communities in your hearts and offer them caring thoughts.”
Russell Beyer of Yorkville worked at Henry Pratt Co for more than 20 years Beyer was a mold operator and the union charman.
Vicente Juarez of Oswego was a forklift operator for Henry Pratt since 2006. Juarez is known as a hard-working family man.
Josh Pinkard of Oswego was the Plant Manager. He worked for the company for 13 years, mostly at another location, and hadn’t even been at the aurora plant for a year. Pinkard was a 37-year-old father of three.
One other employee was injured and is being treated.
When police encountered Martin, about 90 minutes after the initial shootings, they found him waiting in a machine shop. A short gunfight ensued, where all of the officer victims were shot. Martin was also shot dead at that time. The injured officer’s names haven’t been released yet.
If you would like to help the victims families directly, a gofundme page has been set up. Here is the link.