The deadly mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas hit close to home for many Nashvillians. They responded last night with words of encouragement — and country music.
Hundreds gathered at a vigil organized by the city and the Country Music Association to honor those lost in the tragedy. Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and Keith Urban showed up and performed for a solemn, quiet crowd at Ascend Amphitheater who hugged and held hands during the performances. Many said they felt like their community had been targeted.
A number of the crew and artists performing in Las Vegas this weekend were from the Nashville area, including singer Jason Aldean who was on stage when the attack began.
Elizabeth Lawler works in event management. She says safety has always been a priority, but it is now more than ever.
“By no means are the actions of people who commit such horrific acts going to affect us continuing to be fans of music, to work in this industry and produce these events,” Lawler says.
The CMA, which oversees a festival that draws tens of thousands of people to the streets of Nashville every year, said in a statement that they will continue partnering with security experts at the federal, state and local levels, including the Metro Police Department.
Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said that his department’s commitment to protecting the city's families and visitors has "never been stronger."
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