Las Vegas Strip Dims Lights One Week After Deadly Mass Shooting: It's a 'Unification Symbol'
The bright lights of the bustling Las Vegas strip went dim on Sunday for 10 to 11 minutes, marking the passing of a week since a gunman killed 58 people and injured 527 more at a music festival, reports say.
The tribute began at 10:05 p.m. and most casinos along Las Vegas Boulevard darkened the lights of their marquees, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced in a statement.
After the tribute, marquees throughout the strip displayed a message: “When Things Get Dark, Las Vegas Shines,” the statement read. The message was shown on the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where the tragedy took place.
Officials said the message would continue in rotation until Monday morning local time.
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“I think it’s a cool unification symbol,” visitor Michael Maiolo told the Las Vegas Review-Journal before the lights dimmed. “We’re going to stop in this incredibly busy city where seemingly nothing stops.”
Video of the display obtained by the Review-Journal showed the massive buildings darkening one by one over the 11-minute period. For a brief moment, one section of the strip was completely dark.
Many gathered around a pile of flowers on Las Vegas Boulevard, near Mandalay Bay, as the signs darkened, the Review–Journal reports. Sixty businesses agreed to take part in the tribute, the Review-Journal reported.
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The tribute came exactly one week after 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired down onto a crowd of more than 20,000 people just after 10 p.m. on Sunday from his 32nd-floor hotel room at the nearby Mandalay Bay. According to authorities, the gunfire continued off and on for about nine to 11 minutes.
Paddock was found dead in his room of a self-inflicted gunshot wound before midnight, as law enforcement closed in.
A victims’ fund has been started on GoFundMe by Steve Sisolak, the Clark County, Nevada, commission chair. Other groups providing relief include the local chapter of the American Red Cross and the National Compassion Fund.
How to Help
Friends and family are asked to report missing people believed to be connected to the shooting using the hotline 1-800-536-9488.
Anyone with photo or video evidence of the shooting is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. A victims’ fund has been started on GoFundMe by Steve Sisolak, the Clark County, Nevada, commission chair. Other groups providing relief include the local chapter of the American Red Cross and the National Compassion Fund.