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Monday, Oct. 1, 2018|3:44 p.m.
Tony and Linda Blache of Las Vegas used matching black Tee shirts with Path 91 printed on them– a recommendation to the music festival that turned awful in 2015 when a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing 58 individuals and wounding more than 800 others.
The couple bowed their heads in prayer in one minute and lifted them in happiness minutes later.
” We’re an example for the world,” Tony Blache stated. “Las Vegas has shined in the face of tragedy.”
The couple were amongst a group of about 150 people who gathered today outside Las Vegas Municipal Government for a revival-style prayer vigil to bear in mind and celebrate the lives the victims. A shooter, perched in a hotel tower across the street, opened fire on concertgoers at the Path 91 Harvest celebration on the other side of the Las Vegas Strip.
Numerous Las Vegas Valley preachers spoke words of encouragement at today’s ceremony, as guitar players and keyboard gamers offered a background of soothing music. A 10-member choir chanted modern faith hymns.
People wore t-shirts with messages like #VegasStronger and simple white shirts with a red heart next to the word Vegas.
Pastor Paul Goulet, who heads the International Church of Las Vegas, informed the crowd the gunman was filled with hate. But those who came together in assistance of one another after the shooting showed the frustrating power of love.
” At some point we needed to put our distinctions aside and get together,” Goulet stated. “I believe it’s time to say hate has not won. Love and unity are going to win.”
The group wished each of the 58 victims.
” We have actually impacted the world by showing love and empathy for one another during that time,” stated Mike Hatch, a pastor with the Balm of Gilead Global Ministries. “We’ve shown that Las Vegas is not Sin City but rather the City of Peace.”