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Friend honors fallen Wynn Security officer, supports ballistic body armor security enhancement

Yoseph Almonte killed on Tuesday by Wynn employee
These are images of the Encore hotel and casino located on Las Vegas Boulevard and is owned by the Wynn.
These are images of the Encore hotel and casino located on Las Vegas Boulevard and is owned by the Wynn.
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Yoseph Almonte was killed in the line of duty on Tues. March 9, 2021 as he want to check on an employee in the employee parking garage of the Wynn Las Vegas.
Yoseph Almonte was killed in the line of duty on Tues. March 9, 2021 as he want to check on an employee in the employee parking garage of the Wynn Las Vegas.
Yoseph Almonte was killed in the line of duty on Tues. March 9, 2021 as he want to check on an employee in the employee parking garage of the Wynn Las Vegas.
Yoseph Almonte was killed in the line of duty on Tues. March 9, 2021 as he want to check on an employee in the employee parking garage of the Wynn Las Vegas.
Yoseph Almonte was killed in the line of duty on Tues. March 9, 2021 as he want to check on an employee in the employee parking garage of the Wynn Las Vegas.
Sergio Penha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy welcomes all ages and is located in Chinatown in Las Vegas as seen March 2021
Sergio Penha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy welcomes all ages and is located in Chinatown in Las Vegas as seen March 2021
Sergio Penha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy welcomes all ages and is located in Chinatown in Las Vegas as seen March 2021
Sergio Penha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy welcomes all ages and is located in Chinatown in Las Vegas as seen March 2021
Posted at 10:09 PM, Mar 12, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Friends are remembering and honoring a fallen Wynn security officer by raising money for his burial as well as applauding the decision by the company to enhance security protocols.

The Wynn says it has decided to equip officers with ballistic body armor after a security review of the resort's safety protocols was launched on Tuesday.

RELATED: Wynn hotel-casino to equip security officers with ballistic body armor

Earlier in the evening, security officer Yoseph Almonte, 31, was shot and killed by another employee as he was performing a welfare check. The employee had not shown up to work in a couple of days, according to police.

That employee, Reggie Tagget, 42, scanned his proxy card at the entrance of the Wynn employee parking garage, which alerted security to his presence at the property.

Police say as Almonte approached Tagget's vehicle, Tagget started shooting at Almonte, killing him.

RELATED: UPDATE: Coroner identifies security guard shot and killed in murder-suicide at Wynn

Tagget shot and killed himself moments later.

Almonte was a Marine and described as a caring, loving man who inspired those he knew.

"The last couple of days have been devastating for us, at our gym, everybody is family," said Ash Nakano, Yoseph's friend at Sergio Penha Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

"Yoseph was a great person," he added.

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Friends of fallen Wynn security officer Yoseph Almonte at Sergio Penha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu honor and remember his life. Police say Almonte was shot and killed during a murder-suicide carried out by another Wynn employee inside the hotel-casino's employee parking garage on March 9, 2021. (Photo: Rudy Garcia, 13 Action News)

"It sounds cliché when you say, 'The person had a big heart.' It sounds cliché when you say, 'He was a nice guy,'" continued Nakano.

"But in our case -- Yoseph -- he was the nicest guy."

Yoseph earned his purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu, a moment he cherished but met with discipline.

The gym is coming together to help support Yoseph's wife with burial costs.

A Gofundme campaign as raised more than $80,000 as of Friday night.

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The decision to beef up security protection is seen as an important step after the deadly shooting.

"That bullet-resistant vest, it's just another layer of protection, based upon that assignment," said Adam Coughran, a retired police officer and security expert.

Coughran says the shooting is a reminder of the dangers that security professionals face on a daily basis.

Coughran believes the decision by Wynn may spread to other Las Vegas hotels and casinos.

"I could see this very easily picking up momentum and steam at other properties whether it's an exterior vest or a more subdued interior vest," added Coughran.

Nakano applauds the decision to enhance security officer protection at the Las Vegas Strip property but wishes it had already been in place.

"It's tragic and I'm glad to see that they're going to be proactive and kind of reactive, but I wish they could've done it sooner," added Nakano.

A memorial for Yoseph Almonte is scheduled for Saturday in Las Vegas.