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Guard mourned as hero

Dozens of fellow "yellow shirt" security guards were among the hundreds of people mourning a man who died helping others escape the deadly Las Vegas concert shooting.

At the funeral Thursday morning for Erick Silva, 21, loved ones and dignitaries hailed him as a hero for helping people climb over a barricade at an outdoor country music festival as the gunman perched high in a casino-hotel tower unleashed more than 1,000 bullets into the crowd.

His mother, Angelica Cervantes, was emotional and cried at times, heaving into the embrace of her husband. She said Silva was great a son, a tender brother and well-liked by many. She's proud of him and his generosity, whether it was saving others from the massacre or just buying fellow colleagues lunch in the office.

"I'm sure if he could save more lives, he would have," Cervantes said in Spanish.

Silva was a Contemporary Services Corporation security guard working the Route 91 Harvest Festival when he was shot in the head on October 1. He was among the 58 people killed in the massacre. Hundreds of others were wounded.

"Without him and people like him, Las Vegas could not be the entertainment capital of the world," said Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.

The funeral service included songs in Spanish with tearful mourners clutching flowers and the security guards in uniform standing in formation in the aisles. One fellow guard came on crutches after his own injuries from the shooting.

"He could have run but he didn't," Gregorio De La Rosa, his stepfather, said in Spanish. "In a hard moment, he gave up his life. We're very proud."



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