Hundreds attend sunrise memorial for Las Vegas shooting victims
It is October 1st—the second anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting—described as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Some hundreds of people attend the annual sunrise memorial, in remembrance of the 58 people killed at the open-air country harvest music festival on a warm autumn night.
Although the audience is smaller this year, emotions still run deep and raw.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak recalls the memory of that day.
[Steve Sisolak, Nevada Governor]: "I've thought about the moment and I will never forget the moment that I got the call from the sheriff. I remember how the pit in my stomach grew bigger and bigger as I drove down Charleston to get to metro and to UMC. I've never forgotten the sound and the sight of cell phones ringing across the field when I visited the site. Many of which would never get answered.”
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo asks that the audience remember the best of those who lost their lives that night.
Choked by emotions, Sisolak commends on the resilience of the Vegas community.
[Steve Sisolak, (D) Nevada Governor]:
"After the tragedy two years ago today many around the country remarked on the strength of the Vegas community. Almost as if they were surprised that Las Vegas is, in fact, a tight-knit community. The nation discovered what we knew all along that beyond the neon signs we are a city of neighbors that look out for each other, that have each other's backs that have an immense pride in the place that we call home. That we are - that we have always been Vegas strong. The difference now though it is two years after that horrible night, we are Vegas stronger. It might be painful to remember but our strength comes from the will to never forget."
He ends his speech with hope. "Beyond the neon signs, we are a city of neighbors that look out for each other," says the Nevada governor.