In this Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, photo, Teri Angel looks at a display of the items left behind by makeshift memorials for the victims of the Oct. 1, 2017 country music festival mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Clark County Museum in Henderson, Nev. The museum is the collecting and cataloging of the items after the memorials were approved. A committee headed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval will work to design, finance and build a lasting memory. (AP Photo/John Locher)
LAS VEGAS – The Latest on the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017, Las Vegas mass shooting (all times are local):
Survivors of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas the reunion this weekend ahead of the anniversary of the tragedy.
About 3,500 people are expected at a private meeting Saturday in Las Vegas that will include various performances and vendors. Some of the vendors had booths at the outdoor country music festival where 58 people were killed Oct. 1, 2017.
Advice and therapy dogs will be available at the event in a park.
Co-organizer, Shawna Bartlett, says the meeting is an attempt to “take back” what was taken from the people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Another organizer, Connie Long, calling it a “family reunion.”
Bartlett and Long visited the festival.
The people that Saturday ticket reunion will be a cap that has the names of all 58 victims within.
A garden in the center of Las Vegas is the home of photos, ribbons, cowboy boots and many other items that you place in the memory of the 58 people who were killed almost a year ago in the deadliest mass shooting in modern AMERICAN history.
The garden created by volunteers has given to survivors and families of the victims killed a place to mourn and to heal.
Angelica Cervantes’ son, Erick Silva, was killed in the Oct. 1 can shoot. He was a security guard at the outdoor concert venue on the Las Vegas Strip where the shooting happened.
Cervantes says she visits the garden every other week and asks her son to watch over her, his stepfather, and siblings.
Today, the garden is the only permanent public space in the Las Vegas made in memory of the victims.
The complete AP coverage of the Las Vegas mass shooting here: https://apnews.com/tag/LasVegasmassshooting.