Family, coroner identify security guard killed in mall shooting

Posted at 3:58 PM, Oct 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-27 18:21:56-04

BOISE, Idaho — The family and the Ada County Coroner have identified the security guard who was killed in Monday's shooting at Boise Towne Square as 26-year-old Jo Acker.

Jo Acker

Tiffany Luna and Crystal Claus said police told them Jo confronted the shooter, saving others.

Police said in a press release Jo made contact with the suspect on the first floor of the mall near a department store. The suspected shooter shot Jo who died at the scene.

"Jo has always been a hero," their mom Crystal Claus said. "You never expect to outlive your kids, so this is very difficult. And Jo was my baby, [Jo] was loving, caring, strong. [Jo] loved the mountains."

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Jo's older sibling Tiffany shared a similar sentiment.

"Disbelief, shock. As the oldest sibling, I'm almost ten years older than [Jo] and you just never expect something like this to happen," she said.

Tiffany said this is what she wants people to remember about Jo.

"How big [Jo's] heart was and just to remember that [Jo's] a hero."

A GoFundMe for Jo Acker has been started. You can find it by clicking here.