“It’s still a difficult day”

Jason Aldean marked the fifth anniversary of the Las Vegas Route 91 mass shooting with a special message on October 1.

“My Route 91 family,” Aldean wrote, along with a photo of himself and those with him on the closing day of the three-day festival in 2017. always a difficult day. I am thinking of you all today.

On October 1, 2017, a gunman fired from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel into a crowd of thousands of country music fans attending the Route 91 festival, killing 58 people – two more people later died of their injuries and injuring over 800 spectators, while Aldean was on stage.

“That night was probably the worst night of our lives and not a day goes by that we don’t think of the people who lost their lives and the families who were forever affected by them,” wrote Aldean on the third anniversary of the shooting in 2020. “October 1 will always be an extremely difficult day for us to relive. To all of the Route 91 family, we love [you] guys and we couldn’t have made it through without you.

In 2020, an $800 million settlement was approved, closing a class action lawsuit filed by more than 4,000 shooting victims and their families.

The tragedy, the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in US history, is also the subject of the new Paramount+ documentary, 11 minutes, which was produced by shooting survivor Ashley Hoff.

The four-part special explores the tragic event through the survivors’ perspective on the news reports and includes an interview with Aldean and others present that day, as well as videos, eyewitness reports and stories. ‘other documents.

Photo: Joseph Llanes

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