Las Vegas Officials Hold Vigil To Thank Community, Honor Victims

By Carrie Jung
Published: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:24am
Updated: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 2:40pm
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Las Vegas city council member Stavros Anthony addressed a crowded vigil Tuesday night. He expressed gratitude to first responders and community for coming together to help.
(Photo by Carrie Jung - KJZZ)
About 200 people attended the vigil.
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Lane Connie held an American flag throughout the vigil. She says supporting first responders and her community is part of her patriotic duty.

Public safety and city officials in Las Vegas held a vigil Tuesday night to say thank you to community members for the outpouring of support they’ve shown this week after Sunday's mass shooting. About 200 people were at the vigil.

A lot of hugs were exchanged between community members as they arrived for the service, which was held in a nearby city park.

Cheri Williams, a Las Vegas native, said all of this solidarity restores her faith in humanity. She added, it’s also just comforting to be with others in times like these.

"You feel so hopeless and helpless," Williams said. "You, just like everyone else, you never believe it’s going to happen where you live."

After City Council members spoke, Sasha Larkin with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department took the microphone to express her gratitude for community support and highlight public safety partnerships that were put to the test during Sunday night’s shooting.

"We went in flawlessly together and saved lives," Larkin said. "So I hope you know that this fire department and this police department are working on ways every day to keep you safer.Thank you for believing in us."

And as the service came to a close, officials lit 59 candles in honor of those who died.

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