Nashville Unites in Wake of Tragic Las Vegas Shooting
In times of sorrow, many turn to country music to uplift and provide comfort. Now, the country music community is banding together to show support for the victims of yesterday's senseless shooting in Las Vegas.
Shortly after 10:00pm local time, Sunday, October 1st, gunfire erupted over the Route 91 Harvest festival as headliner Jason Aldean was mid-set. As of Monday afternoon, at least 58 people were killed and more than 515 people taken to local hospitals.
To honor the victims of this horrific event, a vigil has been planned for tonight at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater. Announced jointly by the Country Music Association, Nashville's Convention and Visitors Corporation and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, the event will take place at 6:00pm, Monday, October 2nd. Gates will open to the public at 5:30pm. Candles will be available for use. According to a Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp press release, Mayor Megan Barry will deliver remarks and special guest artists are set to perform.
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Between the lawn and fixed seating, Ascend Amphitheater has a maximum capacity of 6,800 people. Free parking will be available at Nissan Stadium Lot R.
As updates on yesterday's tragedy continues to unfold, country music stars have taken to social media to share their love and words of unity. Read a brief sampling below.