A local Las Vegas couple attended the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas for one last night out before their baby was born. Unfortunately the night became memorable for all the wrong reasons, as they then found themselves fleeing the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Luckily, they escaped, and their son was born healthy just two days after the tragedy.
It was the country music festival that became a war zone.
It left 58 people dead and over 500 injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting carried out by a single gunman in U.S. history. Las Vegas, a city known for fun and escapism, has been reeling from the tragedy every since.
Tributes have been pouring in for the lives lost.
Tributes to those who lost their lives in the tragedy are popping up all over the city and the country. Meanwhile, fundraisers have also raised thousands for those affected by the violence.
Visitors have made sure to pay their respects as well.
As these St. Louis Blues fans arrived for the game against the Vegas Golden Knights, they were photographed, having added the Vegas Strong hashtag to their jerseys. It’s a message of unity for a city torn apart by carnage.
Celebrities are also sending love.
The shooting targeted a country music festival, making the loss feel especially poignant for the industry’s artists. Last week, country stars Big & Rich headlined a benefit concert for those affected by the violence.
Some have been a little skeptical of a few of the tributes.
“Vegas Strong” merchandise is also being produced and sold, which has been raising a few eyebrows as people wonder just who might be pocketing that cash. Hopefully the majority of it is going to support the victims and their families.
However, there’s one tribute we can decisively say is not a money grab, considering it was already in the making nine months before the tragedy.