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Las Vegas mass shooting memorials crop up around the city

By in Press Enterprise on October 4, 2017

By Beau Yarbrough, Rachel Luna

Two days after it became the home of the worst mass shooting in modern American history, memorials to the fallen, and to the wounded spirit of the city, have sprung up around Las Vegas.

On Monday night, a simple memorial had sprung up near the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Reno Avenue.

A modest memorial to the Las Vegas mass shooting at Las Vegas Blvd and Reno Ave. LVPD are strictly controlling access to the crime scene.

— Beau Yarbrough ⌚️🐶 (@LBY3) October 3, 2017

That was as close as police were allowing the public then to go to Las Vegas Village, the venue that hosted an estimated 25,000 people for the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the country music festival that Nevada resident Stephen Craig Paddock opened fire on from across the street, on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay casino resort late Sunday night. Paddock killed 59 people and wounded hundreds with rifle fire.

Maria Cruz, 58, of Las Vegas, places a candle down at a makeshift memorial site near Mandalay Bay. #vegasshooting #VegasStrong

— Rachel Luna (@TheRachelLuna) October 3, 2017

Access to the area was tightly controlled, with police threatening citations for tourists crossing the closed-off streets as they walked the Strip, traveling between casinos.

Police keep close guard at the Mandalay after last night’s Las Vegas mass shooting.

— Rachel Luna (@TheRachelLuna) October 3, 2017

Another memorial cropped up Monday night, closer to downtown Las Vegas, on one corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue, five miles away from Las Vegas Village. Local residents brought candles, flowers and posters of support. Others dropped off supplies for volunteers responding to the attack, including water bottles and snacks.

There’s another, bigger memorial […]    

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