Nashville holds vigil for Las Vegas victims

  • Nashville holds vigil for Las Vegas victims

Nashville holds vigil for Las Vegas victims

In the wake of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured after a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night (Oct. 1), the city of Nashville and the Country Music Association are coming together to honor the victims of the awful tragedy. "And so I did know those people in that way".

When Urban took to the stage, he started by offering "the prayers and love of my whole family" to those affected by the Las Vegas shooting.

Not an eye was dry in the venue when Keith Urban surprised the audience with an earnest cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water". "And so I did know those people, in that way, and it just really hit me".

The memorial will take place on Monday, October 2 at 6pm in downtown Nashville and will be put on by the city of Nashville and the Country Music Association.

Charles Esten of CMT's Nashville opened the vigil with kind remarks about the community Nashville builds and then extends further to other cities when times are tough.

"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic event in Las Vegas, especially the victims, their families and friends, and the fans, artists and crews from our Country community in Vegas".

"And I said, 'Not that I know of.' And she said, 'Why do you look so sad?' And I said, 'First of all, these were innocent people horrifically taken, and secondly they're like family, '" he continued.

Joey, a 35-year-old aspiring Nashville musician had a similar reaction when he woke up to the same news as Urban. Those aren't the candles that matter, those aren't the lights that matter.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and CMA CEO Sarah Trahern and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, an active shooter was reported near the Mandalay Bay Casino. "You shouldn't have to worry about dying".