Las Vegas: Hundreds of survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting have formed a human chain around the shuttered site of a country music festival where a gunman opened fire last year on the crowd of 22,000.
Videos on social media showed the display of solidarity on the Las Vegas Strip started around 10pm Monday night, local time. That’s around the time the October 1, 2017, shooting began.
On Monday night, hundreds of survivors of the shooting formed a human chain around the shuttered site, linking arms and hands to show solidarity. Nearby, a procession of pickup trucks with American flags flying from their truck beds drove the Strip while honking their horns.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – The marquees on the glimmering Las Vegas Strip dimmed their lights for three minutes on Monday night as officials slowly read the 58 names of the people killed one year earlier in the country’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history.
The ceremony ended a sombre day of events reuniting survivors and the family members of those killed at last year’s country music festival.
Hours earlier, victims’ families, survivors and elected officials marked the anniversary of the tragedy by placing roses on a tribute wall and dedicating a downtown memorial garden.
The dedication ceremony under a cloud-streaked orange sunset drew at least 200 people, including former US Rep Gabby Giffords of Arizona, herself a survivor of a 2011 mass shooting.
The garden, which features a tree for each of the 58 victims and an oak that represents life, is the only permanent public space that has been created as a memorial to the shooting. It was built by volunteers and created days after the shooting as the community’s way of reacting to the searing violence, according to the project’s co-creator.
The festival venue that became a killing ground has not been used in the year since the shooting. MGM Resorts International, the owner of the property and Mandalay Bay hotel, has not said if or when it will reopen.