LAS VEGAS — The Fil-Am victim of the Oct 1st shooting in Las Vegas, and his girlfriend, are now home — but the emotional trauma brought by this tragic event is ingrained for the rest of their life.
Arthur “Arty” Andrade Jr. is now out of the hospital, and is recuperating at home.
“I’m happy to be alive and here and breathing,” he said. “Definitely Vegas strong. I got shot in the stomach and they had to cut a piece my colon… I’ve been eating well. Vegas strong!”
“Everybody was wonderful once they realized that Arthur was Filipino too, they all made the connection, they gave them a little bit of extra love,” said his father, Arthur Andrade Sr.
Meanwhile, the Philippine’s leading man of concert, Martin Nievera, who is a Vegas resident, says that October 1st impacts Vegas artists who make a living here.
“I just hope and pray that this doesn’t discourage people from going to concerts,” he said. “Being an entertainer here in Las Vegas as well, we would hate for that to happen as well. This is one that we cannot understand, never find the right answers… but the best thing for us, to keep going forward.”
Fil-Am members of cycling group 702 shifters dedicated a ride to honor victims of the tragedy, biking to the memorial site of the infamous Las Vegas sign to pay tribute, and show solidarity.
As Vegas goes through emotional pain brought by the October 1st shooting, the community is still far from healing — but Nevadans continue to be optimistic that their future will remain strong.