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Funeral Services Announced for 4th Victim of Aurora Shooting

"Clay was a force to be reckoned with," his obituary read

Clayton Parks will be laid to rest eight days after the human resources manager was shot and killed along with four other employees in a workplace shooting at Aurora's Henry Pratt Company. 

A funeral for the 32-year-old Elgin resident and Northern Illinois University alum is set to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Willow Funeral Home. A visition begins at 10 a.m. 

"Clay was a force to be reckoned with," his obituary read. "He commanded attention when he entered a room and could strike up a conversation with anyone he came into contact with. His smile and his laugh were contagious, and he was a fierce protector of his family and friends." 

Those who attend the services are being asked to wear "what makes you most comfortable."

"For Clay, that was sports attire or Salt Life brand clothing," his obituary read. "He left the formal dress for work, so let’s show our love for him by honoring his stance on comfortable clothing and wearing what’s most comfortable to us, whether that’s sports attire, Salt Life, or something else." 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Parks family using the following GoFundMe campaigns:

Clay Parks Memory Fund:

Clay Parks – Axel Parks’ College Fund #AuroraStrong:

Funeral services have also been announced for three other victims of the shooting. 

The first funeral will take place Wednesday, when Trevor Melvin Wehner, 21, will be laid to rest 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." 

“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.”

On Friday, Russell Beyer and Vicente Juarez will also be laid to rest. Visitations for both men will be held Thursday afternoon and evening. 

Beyer's family will hold a visitation from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at Dieterle Memorial Home in Montgomery, Illinois. The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. at the same location with interment at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Aurora. 

"Russell was a fun, loving gentle giant of a guy, who was friends with everyone," a tribute on the funeral home's website read. "Russell would truly give you the shirt off of his back. He was an extremely proud and dedicated union guy. A great Dad, Son, Brother, and Uncle. Russell will be forever missed by his family and so many more." 

A visition is scheduled for Juarez from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at the Dunn Family Funeral Home With Crematory in Oswego. A funeral will follow at 10 a.m. Friday at the same location. He is expected to be buried at Spring Lake Cemetery in Aurora. 

"He was a hardworking, responsible and loving husband, father and grandfather," an obituary on the funeral home's website read. "Vicente could always be heard shouting out loud 'Ay Mija' anytime the weather took a turn for the worst all while comforting his family with laughs. Vicente had a passion for working on cars with his sons, and had a soft spot for a particular 1969 Chevy Impala."

All four were working at the Henry Pratt Company last Friday when a recently-fired employee opened fire, killing five people and wounding several others, including numerous police officers. 

During the spree, the recently-fired Martin also shot one other Henry Pratt employee, authorities said, identifying that victim as Josh Pinkard. 

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, though it is expected to begin next week. 

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