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Hundreds of butterflies released in remembrance of those impacted by the Las Vegas mass shooting

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By: Gabby Hart, KSNV Staff

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) - It was a beautiful sight Sunday afternoon as 900 butterflies were released in remembrance of those impacted on Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and casino.

The event was held at the Healing Garden on Casino Center Boulevard.

Since the Oct. 1 shooting, there have been many vigils and healing events like the one held on Sunday. The ceremony was just another example of how survivors come together and support one another.

Hundreds of people impacted by the mass shooting on the Las Vegas strip showed up to support one another. The Route 91 remembrance was hosted by the Nathan Adelson Hospice.

900 butterflies were released during the event and people took turns speaking an encouraging one another. There was also a special performance by country music artist Collin Raye. Raye performed right as those butterflies were released.

Stacie Armentrout was at the concert with her husband and two children. She says these events are a way for the survivors to surround themselves with people who understand what they went through on that horrific night.

"No one really truly understands what it was like to lay on the ground and cover your child and pray that nothing happened,” said Armentrout "Nobody understands what it was like to have your child look at you and say ‘are we going to die tonight mom?’ Nobody gets that, but those of us that were there get it."

There will likely be many more of these healing events in the near future. We're told that some of the survivors are working on planning a one year reunion that will take place sometime in September.

On Saturday night, first responders from Oct. 1 were honored at the Dignity Health - Saint Rose Dominican gala. During the dinner, Community Ambulance and Dignity Health - Saint Rose Dominican surgeons, physicians, nurses and staff were recognized for their life saving efforts.

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