Luke Bryan, Maren Morris & More Country Stars Honor Route 91 Victims on 1-Year Anniversary of Shooting

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Memorials and tributes in the aftermath of the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017.

One year ago, 58 country fans were killed at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. The tragedy, which is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, also left 851 others injured and a lifelong impact on those who survived, as well as the country community as a whole. But on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, some of the genre's biggest stars are proving to be #CountryStrong.

Jason Aldean, who was onstage at the time of the shooting, was one of the first to share a heartfelt message in tribute to the victims and survivors on Monday (Oct. 1), writing, "Thinkin about our Route 91 family today" on Twitter and Instagram. Several of Aldean's fellow country stars also took to social media to honor those lost in the tragedy, including Eric Church, Maren Morris and Chris Young, the latter of whom was at the event when the shooting happened.

"I will never forget the loss that so many had to suffer through that day and all the days since," Young wrote. "I'll never forget having to call my family saying I hoped to see them again."

Morris, who released a poignant track called "Dear Hate" in the wake of the shooting, tweeted a line from the song, also writing, "Thinking of the fans we lost a year ago. You’ll always be the 3 chords and the truth."

Many of the artists who tweeted called for fans to join them in a moment of silence on country radio stations that took place at 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday, including Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire and Zac Brown Band. "Our thoughts & prayers are always with you," Bryan added.

Newer country star Luke Combs was also at Route 91 when shots rang out and shared an impassioned post on Instagram, perhaps sending the most important message of them all: "We are in no way fully healed, and may never be, but we are all a hell of a lot stronger and continue to move forward. Forward for the victims, forward for their families, forward for the fans, and forward for country music."

See some of the messages from the country community below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

One year ago today my world changed, my band and crew’s world changed, and the whole world changed. A night meant for music was silenced by the sound of gunfire. 58 people lost their lives that night and thousands more will never be the same. We are in no way fully healed, and may never be, but we are all a hell of a lot stronger and continue to move forward. Forward for the victims, forward for their families, forward for the fans, and forward for country music. No one could ever expect something like this to happen, so if you’re reading this just take a second to appreciate waking up today and getting to live your life and make sure you hug your loved ones a little tighter. If you’re suffering today, just know that this ole boy is thinking about you and that you are never alone. #CountryStrong #VegasStrong

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