LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department celebrated a high school graduation with pomp and circumstance. They were present to cheer on a graduate, Daxton Beck. As you might imagine, the young man is part of an unenviable fraternity. Yet the story is worth being re-told. He is the son of an officer killed in the line of duty.

LODD Backstory

Officer Alyn Beck was a 13-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department when he was ambushed and murdered along with his partner, Officer Igor Soldo. The two men were eating lunch at a Pizza establishment on June 8, 2014. During their meal, two suspects stormed the restaurant and murdered the officers. Witnesses said the police were specifically targeted in the ambush attack. One of the men was reportedly shot in the back of the head. Heroically, the other was able to return fire before being executed.

“Tell the police that the revolution has begun . . . ” the male and female suspects were heard shouting as they fled with the officers duty weapons.

The duo went to the Walmart across the street from the Pizza shop. There, the suspects killed a female shopper at the front door as they continued with their shouts about a “revolution.”

Responding officers encountered the two at the rear of the store and a shootout occurred. After a lull in the gunfire, two shots were heard. Officers eventually discovered both suspects were dead. It was reported the female suspect shot the male before turning the weapon on herself.

The “revolution” was over, but not before two officers and a citizen were murdered.

Arbor View High School Graduation

And now the son of one of the heroes graduates high school.

Although Alyn Beck was unable to be present to see his son graduate, 150 uniformed police officers stood in his place, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Moreover, they stood in unison to clap and cheer as 17-year-old Daxton Alyn Beck walked across the stage at the Thomas & Mack Center to receive his Arbor View High School diploma Saturday.

Supporting Family

“We think it’s important to show the entire community that we haven’t forgotten about Officer Beck and Officer Soldo,” said 53-year-old Scott Nicholas, who is vice president of the officers’ union, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association. Nicholas attended the graduation with his wife, a corrections officer with the police department.

“For me it was more about letting him know he has extended family, and that we’re all here for him,” Jessica Nicholas said. “Just to show him that he’s never alone.”

“It’s been just over three years since the senseless murder of these two officers and we don’t want their children to think we’ve forgotten him or his services to this community,” Scott Nicholas said. “It’s very emotionally charging for us to be here and to see his success as he grows up as a young man. … Not just this event, but anything in the future as well, whether it’s weddings or college graduation or anything else,” he said. “We just want him to know that his dad was important to us.”

Officer Tim Gross said that he was friends with Alyn Beck and that the pair worked on the same squad for several years.

“He was just a good guy … a damn good officer,” Gross said. “I hate to be here for this, I have to be honest with you. Because I wish he could be here for him.”

“But we’re here out of respect … to let him and his family know that ‘You’re not forgotten. You weren’t just a one-year blip on the screen. It’s forever.’”

(Photo courtesy LVMPD Twitter)