CMA, Nashville Convention & Visitor's Corp and Mayor to Hold Vigil in Honor of Las Vegas Shooting Victims
In the wake of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured after a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night (Oct. 1), the city of Nashville and the Country Music Association are coming together to honor the victims of the terrible tragedy.
A vigil will take place at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater Monday night (Oct. 2) at 6 p.m. CST, as CMA, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and the city's mayor, Megan Barry, announced collectively Monday afternoon along with heartfelt statements about the horrific incident. As the festival impacted the core of Nashville's country music community -- Jason Aldean was even performing on stage when the shooting began -- the organizations wanted to "offer Nashvillians an opportunity to show their love for the victims of this deadly shooting."
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic event in Las Vegas, especially the victims, their families and friends, and the fans, artists and crews from our Country community in Vegas," Mayor Megan Barry, CEO of CMA Sarah Trahern, and president/CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp Butch Spyridon said in a statement regarding the shooting and the vigil. "This festival brought together people from all backgrounds united in enjoying life through music."
The statement continued, “Safety at all of our events is and will remain our top priority. We are constantly adjusting our event security measures year-round, partnering and consulting with experts at the federal, state and local levels through our full-time security team and the Metro Police Department. We will continue our efforts to provide the most comprehensive security possible.”
CMA also released its own statement, adding, "The Country community is deeply saddened to hear lives were lost and many injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Prayers for all as we search for understanding and come together to cope with this horrific act."
More details on the vigil are to come. Check back to cmaworld.com.