Dee Jay Silver, one of the artists on the lineup at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest country music festival, has released a statement following the tragedy of Sunday night (Oct. 1). At least 59 people died and 527 were injured when gunshots were fired down from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
“The last couple days have been extremely rough and filled with every emotion imaginable,” Silver said. “I’m still trying to process what happened and how someone could do this in Las Vegas, a city I call my second home, and at a music festival, a place that brings so much happiness and joy to thousands from all over.”
“What I do know is that we as Americans are strong people, good people, hard working people, and in times of need, we have each other’s backs. There is too much division in this country and we must come together, unite and live as one nation. As a new father trying to raise a son in this world, I pray for change; a change that must start today!” he continued.
Silver — who revealed to ET that his one-year-old son, Wake, was staying in a Mandalay Bay hotel room with an aunt only a few doors down from shooter Stephen Paddock during the festival — said he is “beyond grateful and lucky” that his family was not harmed.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this cowardly act,” said Silver. “Nothing I can say will help with the pain, just please know that you’re in every thought and prayer. We will get through this together. I also need to give special thanks to the first responders, police and all who helped get my family together to safety.”
“It’s time to stop the hate, set aside any differences that we may have and come together as Americans! It’s time we come together as one!” he urged.