Landmarks Around the World Go Dark to Mourn Las Vegas Shooting Victims
From the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building, landmarks went dark in honor of Las Vegas shooting victims.
Route 91 Harvest, a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, became the site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history on Sunday night (Oct. 1). The “lone gunman” positioned himself on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, opening fire on thousands of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival during Jason Aldean’s set. Current counts estimate that 59 people died, while more than 527 were injured, according to The New York Times.
This was the second mass killing at a music event this year, following the explosions at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England in May that killed 23 and injured 250. To mourn the most recent tragedy, several landmarks around the world went dark:
Empire State Building in New York, NY
The official Empire State Building Twitter account announced that the building’s “lights darken for the victims & those affected by the Las Vegas attack, w/an orange halo effect shining a light on gun violence.”
Tonight our lights darken for the victims & those affected by the Las Vegas attack, w/an orange halo effect shining a light on gun violence. pic.twitter.com/96gpsrQDaD— Empire State Bldg (@EmpireStateBldg) October 2, 2017
Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
The tower also went dark to mourn the victims of the Marseille attacks from Sunday.
The Space Needle in Seattle, WA
Seattle journalist Bonnie Moon from KOMO News tweeted that part of the Space Needle went dark.
One World Trade Center in New York, NY
New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted that One World Trade Center was lit up with a single orange band.
Tonight the spire of One World Trade Center is lit with a single orange band to honor the victims of gun violence in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/nJndObGAPT— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 2, 2017
Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, NV
The typically bright Strip deliberately lost some of its luster to mourn its local tragedy.