Guard who died as he aided es­capes buried

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation&world -

LAS VE­GAS — Dozens of fel­low “yel­low shirt” se­cu­rity guards were among the hun­dreds of peo­ple mourn­ing a Las Ve­gas man who died help­ing peo­ple 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.

Gina Ar­gento, his boss at Con­tem­po­rary Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion, said that Silva took pride in his work, es­pe­cially his abil­ity to spot fake wrist­bands at the ma­jor events that he worked at over the last three years.

“We counted on him and he didn’t let us down,” Ar­gento said.

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