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Las Vegas Strip turns down lights to honour victims of mass shooting on one-week anniversary

Hotels and casinos were among buildings which dimmed their signs for ten minutes.

The lights of the world-famous Las Vegas strip have been dimmed to honour those killed and injured in a mass shooting one week ago.

Hotels and casinos were among buildings which dimmed their signs for ten minutes – the amount of time people were under fire on October 1.

Lone gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, fired shots from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into the crowd of the Route 51 Harvest Festival across the street.

He killed 58 people and injured almost 500 in what became the country’s worst mass shooting.

The last time Las Vegas’ lights were dimmed was in December 2015 to mark the death of former basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.

They have previously been lowered to mark the deaths of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, George Burns and presidents John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

The Strip was also darkened after the September 11 terror attacks in 2001.

Sign at the MGM Grand praising first responders after the Las Vegas shooting

At the same time as the lights went down in Las Vegas, vigils and processions were taking place across the US to mark the one-week anniversary of the atrocity.

A 200-strong procession walk silently along Huntington Beach Pier in California. A candlelight vigil honouring those who died in the mass shooting was held Sunday evening at Huntington Beach’s Pier Plaza. (Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register/AP)

Some 200 people attended a candlelight vigil at Huntington Beach’s Pier Plaza. Earlier, people took part in a silent procession.

Candlelight vigil for Nicol Kimura

At Sierra Vista Elementary school, friends and family of Nicol Kimura gathered. The 38-year-old had attended the school as a child.

Las Vegas Shooting

Speakers addressed a candlelit vigil for victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas at Monroe County Courthouse in Bloomington, Indiana.


From Belfast Telegraph