Las Vegas has been preparing all week to mark the anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S history, an attack killing 58 people two years ago. Sunrise events and after-dark reading of victims names are taking place to commemorate the memory of the victims. People like Joe Robbins, whose 20-year-old son, Quinton Robbins of suburban Henderson, died in the attack, is expected to join Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and others for the Tuesday daybreak ceremony. Moreover, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is expected to mark the time of the shooting at 10:05 p.m. by reciting the names of the slain at a downtown Community Healing Garden.
Crosses to honour the victims
58 crosses honouring the victims were placed at the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign. “They’re being honoured right here at the greatest spot in the city,” says Greg Zanis, creator of the crosse,” he added, “What I’m trying to do here today is show the victims that we love them.” Each cross had a picture of the victim and a heart. Survivors and locals were stopping by the sign on Monday to pay their respects. Robertson who lost her son to gun violence says, “I’ve been giving hugs and receiving hugs from strangers all day long,” she added. “It just giving me a peacefulness, and its a joy to give back to a stranger and give the hug and love through my son, the loss of him,” she adds.”
October 1st 2017 mass shooting
Nearly two years after the deadly shooting at the music festival. 22,000 people witnessed a mass shooting of 58 people attending the country music festival. On October 1st, Stephen Paddock opened fire for over 10 minutes into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The shooter, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada fired more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition and about an hour later he was found dead in his hotel room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. To this day the police were not able to identify the shooter’s motives.
In the aftermath of the shooting, some survivors filed lawsuits against MGM Resorts acusing them of negligence and not doing enough to prevent the shooting. MGM was also accused of not properly training their staff to identify and report suspicious activity which could have saved tens of lives.