Sentiments of all kinds have been pouring out across the country and the world this week, following the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night (Oct. 1). Country singer Jason Aldean had just begun his festival-closing headlining set when bullets began to rain from the 32nd floor of nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, leaving 58 dead and more than 527 people injured.
The shooting is now known as the deadliest of its kind in modern U.S. history, and since the tragedy, many public figures have spoken out. Countless artists and celebrities took to Twitter on Monday (Oct. 2), while others took previously planned performances as platforms to express uplifting messages in the shooting’s aftermath.
This morning (Oct. 6) MGM Resorts, the company which owns Mandalay Bay, issued an open letter of sorts detailing heartbreak and gratitude for all the “brave men and women” who rushed to help during the tragedy. Read the full statement released by MGM Resorts International below:
Dear Friends of MGM Resorts,
Our hearts are broken and the words are hard to find. We have always known that the Las Vegas community had strength beyond measure, which has been proven once again.
We are deeply grateful to the brave men and women of Metro, our community’s outstanding medical personnel and all of the first responders who ran into harm’s way to save countless lives. To the heroes at Mandalay Bay and the employees throughout MGM Resorts who acted with courage and kindness. To the Las Vegas hospitality community who reacted immediately with an overwhelming outpouring of support and assistance.
We know Las Vegas will move forward together as a strong and united community. You have been an important part of that community and our family and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Together, we are #VegasStrong.