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.
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."
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.