Vegas the strong

A look at the 2017 Las Vegas shooting memorial


Devon Gentile, Staff

As of fall 2018, the memorial for the 2017 Las Vegas shooting has been nearly complete with many volunteers building this moving garden in the bustling heat of the Mojave.

Last October 1st, fifty nine men and women were shot and killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival including two off duty officers. The man responsible was found dead inside of his room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and casino.

Currently the finishing touches have been made to the memorial, where family or friends of the fifty nine victims may add a painted stone or other pieces of sentimental value to the display.

“It was a community effort that was made with love.” Said one of the volunteer’s, an elderly woman.

Many had contributed to the memorial, not just the locals but those out of state and over the internet had aided in funding the creation. The families of the fifty nine victims can look for a little shrine of each individual where they may leave said objects.

One of the women at the memorial, Niece of 58 year old victim Denise Cohen and half sister of the author, Casey Cooney said: “I just hope that he and MGM rot in hell. They didn’t give a damn about the victim’s or the families!” 

What seems to be the main centerpieces of the memorial consist of stone angel wings, a fountain, and a heart shaped garden plot in the center of it all with a vast array of colorful flowers and trees surrounding the whole memorial.