Funeral Services Set for 1 of 5 Victims of Workplace Shooting in Aurora

Trevor Melvin Wehner, 21, will be laid to rest Wednesday in Sheridan, Illinois

Funeral services have been announced for one of five people killed in a workplace shooting in Aurora last week

Trevor Melvin Wehner, 21, will be laid to rest Wednesday in Sheridan, Illinois. 

A visitation will take place from 2-7 p.m. with a funeral service beginning at 7 p.m. at the Gabel-Dunn Funeral Home Ltd., located at 333 W. Church St., according to the funeral home. After the service, visitors will also be invited to the Sheridan Fire Department "for further celebration of Trevor's life." 

Wehner was an HR intern at the Henry Pratt Company, where a recently-fired employee opened fire, killing five people and wounding several others, including numerous police officers. 

Wehner, a student at Northern Illinois University who was set to graduate in the spring of 2019, was at his first day as an intern at the Aurora company when he was gunned down. Police believe that Wehner was sitting in on the meeting in which gunman Gary Martin was fired before he pulled out a pistol and began shooting. 

During the spree, the recently-fired Martin also shot five other Henry Pratt employees, authorities said. The men who died have been identified as Wehner, Russell Beyer, Clayton Parks, Josh Pinkard and Vicente Juarez. 

“He just wanted to care for others and be there for them and make everything better,” Wehner’s brother Thomas said. “God tells us to forgive and I think that’s what I’m going to do.”

Officers responded at 1:28 p.m. to multiple calls of an active shooter at the Henry Pratt Company at 641 Archer Avenue, according to Aurora police. Five officers were then wounded during an exchange of gunfire with the shooter, who was eventually shot and killed by police.

Employees returned Monday to the suburban factory where grief counselors were made available for all workers at the company, located at 641 Archer Ave. in Aurora.

No work was being done Monday, a spokeswoman for parent company Mueller Water Products said in a statement, but it was simply a day for employees to "seek counselling, be together, get information" and more.

The company was discussing when Henry Pratt would return to full production, the spokeswoman said, but had not set an official date as of Monday morning. 

Another vigil was planned for Monday, organized by the group Indivisible Aurora and scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Water Street Mall. Hundreds attended two vigils held Sunday for the victims.

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