A solemn sunrise ceremony was held Oct. 1st in Las Vegas, in remembrance of dozens of lives lost one year ago, during the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Survivors, families of victims, first responders and elected officials gathered at an event that started with a prayer and words from Nevada governor Brian Sandoval.
“Today we remember the unforgettable. Today, we comfort the inconsolable. today we gather in mind and body for we never left each other in spirit and heart.”
On October 1, 2017, 58 people lost their lives and hundreds were injured when a gambler turned gunman, Stephen Paddock, fired assault-style rifles for 11 minutes from 32nd-floor windows of the Mandalay Bay hotel into the concert crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
Police said he then put a pistol in his mouth and killed himself.
“We learned that we are not defined by our fears but our will to overcome them and calm was brought to chaos,” said Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
The Filipina girlfriend of Paddock, Marilou Danley, was originally revealed as a person of interest by authorities. She was later cleared.
Among the many injured was a Filipino, Arthur “Arty” Andrade Jr.
Andrade and thousands of others have signed a petition urging Las Vegas authorities to change the name of Giles Street to 1 October Memorial Way, in what they consider a permanent way to honor the 58 lives lost.