To honor the victims of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas strip will go dark on Monday. Resort owners will turn off the lights on their marquees at 10:01 p.m. in a tribute that will last several minutes.
At 10:05 p.m. on Monday, the names of the victims will be read aloud at the Community Healing Garden, a memorial created in downtown Las Vegas to honor the people who were gunned down.
On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock locked himself into a 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas and opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the fairgrounds below the hotel.
In about 10 minutes, he unloaded more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, leaving 58 people dead and 851 others injured and bleeding. Many hoped the Las Vegas massacre would bring sanity to the gun debate, but there has been no let up in the blood shed.
Recent massacres have included the Parkland shooting where in February a gunman killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
One month earlier, a gunman killed two people and injured 17 others at Marshall County High School in Kentucky. In April, a gunman killed four people and injured three at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee. In late June, a gunman killed five people and injured several more in a massacre at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.
That list represents just a fraction of the mass shootings that have occurred since Paddock rained bullet down from his Las Vegas hotel room, claiming 58 people on October 1, 2017. No federal legislative action has been taken since the massacre to restrict the sale of the types of guns used by Paddock and others in mass shootings.
However, activist have activists waged a successful campaign — sparked by survivors of the Parkland high school shooting — to weaken the finances of the powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, which is seen as being largely responsible for a proliferation of guns across the United States.
In honor of the shooting victims, there will be an unveiling of a community garden housing a rock-and-wood memorial containing photos of many of the 58 murder victims, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“October 1, 2017 changed Las Vegas forever,” the memorial reads. “Together we planted a garden not only of trees and flowers, but we planted a garden of love, hope and compassion.”
Tributes in Las Vegas on Monday will likely offer little solace to the family members who are trying to cope with the loss of their loved ones, and at the same time, fighting efforts by a major corporation to render them helpless in their efforts to seek accountability for the mass shooting.
MGM Resorts International, the hotel conglomerate that owns the Mandalay Bay hotel, is seeking to avoid liability for having allowed Paddock to use one of its hotel rooms as a sniper’s nest.
In November 2017, a group of more than 450 victims filed suit in California and Nevada against MGM Resorts, a security firm hired to manage the festival, and other companies, alleging negligence.
In July, MGM Resorts International filed federal lawsuits against the victims of the mass shooting and their family members. MGM, which also owns the fairgrounds where the music festival was held, believes it should not be held liable for any death, injury or damage that occurred on October 1, 2017.
Victims and family members were shocked when they heard MGM was suing them.
“It enrages me to think that this company can just try to skip out on their responsibilities and their liability for what happened,” one family member told the Associated Press.