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.
The way they lived and the music they loved. We honor 58 lives lost > https://t.co/EybrN19dlO #VegasStrong https://t.co/p6fn53l96f— CMT (@CMT)1508423097.0
Visitors have made sure to pay their respects as well.
Very classy gesture from these @StLouisBlues fans👏👏👏 #VegasStrong https://t.co/OseszfGnPT— Vegas Golden Knights (@Vegas Golden Knights)1508633686.0
Celebrities are also sending love.
We are all #VEGASSTRONG 💪 Land of the Free, Home of the Brave 🇺🇸 https://t.co/Bs28TUjrio— Big & Rich (@Big & Rich)1508883310.0
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.
Markie Coffer and her boyfriend Travis Matheson had decided to attend the concert even though her baby was already a week overdue.
Baby born after Mom survived #LasVagasShooting - baby Wyatt is a "light at the end of the tunnel" says Mom.… https://t.co/y4vzlRo8As— Mike Trim WPTV (@Mike Trim WPTV)1507198750.0
Luckily, Matheson a U.S. Army veteran, was able to help the group to crawl to safety.
Meet #VegasStrong baby born two days after parents survived mass shooting: https://t.co/VKxnLLOvjZ https://t.co/Y8tH8Svsta— Local 12/WKRC-TV (@Local 12/WKRC-TV)1508368500.0
Just two days later in the same hospital, their healthy baby boy was born.
This may be the most powerful #VegasStrong pic yet: https://t.co/DJluUfVbcR— Taste of Country (@Taste of Country)1508680435.0
Then, a local Las Vegas photographer spotted their story on the news.
Newborn is symbol of hope in #VegasStrong photo shoot https://t.co/MfZFX5sgXu https://t.co/7NIlmThpk2— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7 Eyewitness News)1508270928.0
The photos have served as a moving declaration of hope in the face of tragedy.
@TasteOfCountry WOW!!! Amazing video and beautiful baby. Remembering Vegas!!! 🙏🏻— Kelly Trewyn (@Kelly Trewyn)1508688931.0