LAS VEGAS, NV — The hashtag #VegasStrong is posted all throughout the Strip — a symbol of solidarity amid the aftermath of the horrific shooting that left 58 dead, and over 500 injured.
As of Wednesday morning, a GoFundMe account raising funds for the shooting victims has raised over $8.5 million.
The fund was created by Clark County commission chair, Steve Sisolak, who started the goal at $4 million.
The Oakland Raiders and the NFL Foundation each donated $50,000, and celebrities have also donated — including boxer Mike Tyson and musicians Kid Rock and the Chainsmokers.
UFC President Dana White has also pledged to donate $1 million, on behalf of the organization.
Meanwhile, ordinary Vegas residents gather at this last minute candlelight vigil, located five minutes away from where the shooting occurred.
“This is the first step in that just coming together letting people give their testimony, and cry a little bit on each other and hug and om, and say ‘Amen,’ and pray whatever the way they pray,” said Nathan David French.
A formation of rocks that spelled out “RIP” included flowers and candles.
“It’s really great to see so much light from so many walks of life with different situations, and circumstances of the night and their light paths, and just put everything together just come together and put everything aside,” said Sady Lindberg.
“That’s part of the healing process just kind of purging what we experienced, and getting it out so that we can heal and move on, and help others heal,” said Samantha French.
The organizers of the event were happy to see a gathering of diverse people, which they say is common among the Vegas community.
“The community outreach was amazing. I’m actually getting kind of choked up,” said Jr. Zulueta. “I can’t say anything more but I love everyone in Las Vegas, and to the community, thank you guys.”
From motorcycle clubs collecting water and soda for different vigils, to restaurants donating food to hospitals, and the hundreds donating blood, the Nevada community is already living up to the hashtag: #VegasStrong.