Father of woman involved in deadly rampage speaks out

LAS VEGAS -- The rampage, which left two Metro Police officers, a bystander and the two suspects, Amanda and Jerad Miller, dead, was almost three months ago and today, for the first time, Amanda Miller's father went to the scene of the crime.

The families of Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo and citizen Joseph Wilcox will forever be affected.

On Friday, Amanda Miller's father arrived in Las Vegas to express his sorrow and to answer all 8 News NOW's questions on what went wrong with his daughter.

Las Vegas will never be the same from this senseless act of violence and neither will Amanda Millers' father, Todd Woodruff.

He said he never imagined she could be capable of killing, but he knows she did murder three innocent people. That is why this father is consumed with grief.

With tears in his eyes, he paced in the parking lot, smoking a cigarette. Visiting the Walmart, where part of the crime happened, is not easy for Woodruff.

"Feels like a lot of hurt," Woodruff said.

But coming to Las Vegas from Indiana is part of his healing, after so much heartache.

"It is hard to describe," Woodruff said.

Woodruff walked into the Walmart on Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue, through the same doors where his daughter, Amanda Miller and her husband, Jerad, announced, "the revolution has started."

He passed right by the spot where his daughter killed Joseph Wilcox, who tried to shoot Jerad Miller with his concealed weapon.

Woodruff made his way to the back of the store, where his daughter shot herself in the head. Woodruff noticed signs of the shootout.

It was his private moment to digest the reality of the rampage. He made his way outside, saying it was almost as if he heard Amanda's voice in his head.

"She apologized. She just said, 'I'm sorry, dad, I didn't mean to disappoint you,'" Woodruff said.

He knows his daughter caused a lot of hurt.

"I just told her, I forgive her, but these people probably never will," Woodruff said.

Woodruff then walked to where it all started, CiCi's Pizza.

He laid flowers against the window, acknowledging the anguish Jerad and Amanda caused.

"I can't believe they went in and did that," Woodruff said.

It is a small gesture for a large loss. The Millers struck when Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were most vulnerable, on their lunch break.

Woodruff says he will never forget the three innocent victims.

"I can see their faces right now," Woodruff said.

To the families and to the Metro Police department:

"I can't tell them I'm sorry enough. I think about it every day," Woodruff said.

He also thinks about how his daughter went astray, blaming Jerad Miller for brainwashing her with his anti-government rhetoric.

"We were so against this, that marriage, that I just threw up just before I walked her down the aisle," Woodruff said.

This journey is not only part of Woodruff's closure but he also came here to get Amanda's two cats who've been at a foster home. The cats' lives were spared that fateful Sunday morning when the Millers' left their downtown apartment.

For Woodruff, seeing Leo and Oreo again brings a little happiness to his face after so much hurt. He will bring the felines home to Indiana, ending his trip on a high note after a sobering day.

Animal activist groups are raising funds for travel and vet expenses for those cats. To help, go the groups' gofundme.com page.

Click here to find out how to help to the families of officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo and Joseph Wilcox.


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