Two years have passed since a lone gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Country music festival – killing 58 people and injuring countless others – and to mark the occasion, the names of victims were read aloud to all those who attended the October 1st anniversary event.
“Those lives were senselessly taken,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman told a hushed audience crowded into a garden of mementos, photos and trees planted just days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. “Without any cause or purpose,” the mayor continued, “leaving families and loved ones broken, so many injured and so permanently scarred. And all of the rest of us absolutely devastated.” A candle was lit and a bell tolled as each name was read. In the end, a bugle playing “Taps” echoed the mournful sound of the same song that echoed over another service just after sunrise.
Watch a clip of the memorial service here.