A few dozen people gathered in downtown Lexington on Wednesday night to honor the victims of the mass shooting Saturday in Las Vegas.
Mayor Jim Gray, Hank 96.1 FM’s Karl Shannon, and NASH FM’s Deidre Ransdell and Kenny Wall led the candlelight vigil in Triangle Park. They called for Lexington to remember the 58 people who were killed and more than 500 injured in the country music festival shooting.
“When there are times of tragedy (country music) represents that spirit of overcoming it so well,” Gray said. “And I sometimes say that the human spirit triumphs in times of adversity and tragedy. It does not fail us.”
The vigil was meant to be healing for those affected by the shooting, which hit home for most anyone who has ever been to a concert or enjoyed music, Shannon said.
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“If you can imagine going to a show here at Rupp Arena and all of a sudden someone opens up with a machine gun, and you go there to hear music and sing and dance and have fun, and all of a sudden some evil person takes it away from you. There’s still going to be evil things going on, but there are a lot more good people.”
Lexington residents Sondra Jones, Amy Longwill and Donna Nolan were among those who gathered to remember and pray for the victims Wednesday.
“I just wanted to pray for them, and I think I can’t do much of anything else but pray,” Nolan said. “It feels great to know there is love for people who have lost everything.”