Remembering Route 91: In Memory of the 58 Lives Lost
The Way They Lived and the Music They Loved
There’s a common thread that will forever hold the 58 victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival together, and it’s a love of country music. It’s the reason why nearly all of the 36 women and 22 men were there in Las Vegas on the night of the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. And on Monday (Oct. 1), we honor these 58 by remembering not just how they died, but rather, how they lived.
Whether it was 20-year-olds Angela Gomez, Bailey Schweitzer and Quinton Robbins, or 67-year-old Pati Mestas, or all the souls in between, the love of Nashville’s music is what connected fans of every age on the festival grounds that night. Before the gunfire started, it’s likely that all 58 — no matter how far apart they might’ve been standing in the crowd — were singing along with Jason Aldean.
The country music community will observe a moment of silence on Monday (Oc. 1) at 1:05 p.m. ET/10:05 a.m. PT. All realms of the country music industry including CMT, radio, record companies, publishers, agencies and other organizations will stop for a moment (a minute or 58 seconds) to remember those who lost their lives and honor all who continue to be impacted by the tragedy.