Las Vegas lights dim in tribute to shooting victims, heroes


Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — Las Vegas’ bright lights dimmed Sunday night, exactly one week after a mass shooting killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others.

The digital marquees on The Strip darkened for 11 minutes — from 10:05 p.m. to 10:16 p.m. local time — to honor those killed and injured, as well as the heroes who intervened, when a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

After the tribute, digital marquees lit up with a new display: “When Things Get Dark, Las Vegas Shines.”

Mourners also gathered in Las Vegas at a vigil filled with candles, flowers and photos.

The 58 victims include Steve Berger, a father of three from Minnesota; Sandy Casey, a special education teacher from California; Rocio Rocha Guillen, who recently gave birth to a baby boy; John Phippen, a father of six from California; and Angela Gomez, a young woman who graduated high school two years ago.

The attack was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Gunman Stephen Paddock was found dead in his Mandalay Bay hotel room after the shooting. The motive remains unclear but police say the attack was “obviously premeditated.” A note containing handwritten numbers for wind, trajectory and distance was discovered near his body in the hotel room, officials have confirmed.

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