Las Vegas light dimming to honor the victims of the October 1 mass shooting

  • More than 50 properties dimmed their lights for 11 minutes on Sunday night
  • The dimmed-light tribute also occurred to mark the terrorist attacks of 9/11

On Sunday some of the most famous casinos and other properties on the famous Las Vegas Strip took part in a public commemoration to honor the victims of last week’s mass shooting.

Lights dim in Las Vegas to mark the mass shooting of October 1.
Lights dim in Las Vegas to mark the mass shooting of October 1.

Many of the buildings along the Strip dimmed their lights for around ten minutes between 10:05 pm and 10:16 pm at the exact time one week earlier that gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd attending the Route 91 Country Music Festival.

The lights remained dimmed as a collective mark of respect, and following the tribute, many of the city’s digital marquees displayed the same message: When Things Get Dark, Las Vegas Shines. This message remained on a continuous rotation until Monday morning.

According to reporting, more than fifty properties throughout Las Vegas took part in the public memorial, including the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. It was from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay that Paddock launched his attack, which killed 58 people and injured hundreds more. Thirty-four victims remain in hospital in critical condition.

Motive

Investigators are continuing to search for a motive for the attack, which is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

There has been much media speculation involving the gunman’s mental state, gambling habits and family history, but as yet, law enforcement officials appear no closer to understanding the motivation for the mass-killing.

The Las Vegas Strip also fell dark to commemorate the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, and similar tributes were paid by the city on the deaths of Las Vegas legends Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and George Burns, along with Presidents Kennedy and Reagan.

The lights were last dimmed in February 2015 to mark the passing of legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.

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