West Michigan community holds vigil for Las Vegas shooting victims

West Michigan community holds vigil for Las Vegas shooting victims

At the start of the vigil, Esten likened the country community to that of a family.

Trying to understand what happened in Las Vegas is hard enough for an adult to comprehend.

"Instead of being so divided, just being more together because in all honesty, I feel like division is our biggest problem in this country", Valentine says. In Las Vegas, buildings on the Las Vegas Strip dimmed their lights; in New York City, both the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center were darkened and displayed a single orange band; and in Paris, the Eiffel Tower went dark as well.

The 49-year-old entertainer took part in a vigil on Monday night (October 2) in Nashville, Tenn. "This community is not confined to the boundaries of Nashville", added Senior Vice President of Programming & Artist Relations for Opry Entertainment Sally Williams in reference to the country music family.

People gather in Nashville for a vigil honoring the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas
Joe Buglewicz Getty Images People gather in Nashville for a vigil honoring the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas

"I think more than anything we have to stick up for innocent people".

The final performance of the evening was Alison Krauss' moving, a capella version of "Amazing Grace".

"I'm reminded over the last two months that the counter weight to grief, is community", said Mayor Barry. Listening to music. You shouldn't have to worry about gunfire in those places.

Barry kept with the running theme of family and community, highlighting that the citizenry of Nashville always unites for the greater good of all people everywhere. Although the slight breeze blew out the candles during the vigil, Esten made sure everyone still left lit up to spread love everywhere they went. Those aren't the candles that matter, those aren't the lights that matter. "Because that is something the wind can not blow out and darkness can not quench", he concluded. More details can be found on the organization's official website.

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