Victims of the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas will be remembered during a service in Corona on Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the tragedy.
The two-hour candlelight vigil paying tribute and sharing memories of the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival victims is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Eagle Glen Park, where the athletic field was dedicated in their memory in 2018.
“The tragedy of Route 91 still resonates with the Corona community and all country music lovers,” according to a city statement. “We mourn and remember several Coronans who lost their lives that day. With this candlelight vigil, the city will remember everyone who lost their lives and the survivors, who still live the trauma of Oct. 1, 2017.”
Thomas Day Jr., 54, a native of the city and co-executive at his family’s construction company, and Chris Roybal, 28, another native and a U.S. Navy combat veteran, were among 58 people gunned down by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock at the festival.
A year after the massacre, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo released a 187-page report that provided a narrative of Paddock’s rampage — perpetrated from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino — but a possible motive could not be identified.
The killer’s brother, Eric Paddock, told investigators that he believed his sibling was fed up with life and wanted to go out with as much notoriety as possible, according to the report.
Lombardo’s team determined that Paddock was a lone gunman, who did not disclose his intentions to anyone prior to the five-minute shooting spree onto the 15-acre space where roughly 22,000 people were gathered for the festival. Paddock killed himself prior to SWAT officers storming his room, according to authorities.
Over 500 people were injured in the attack, which culminated in a lawsuit that was settled in 2019 between the survivors, families of the slain and MGM Resorts, owner of the hotel.
The $800 million settlement resolved claims that MGM was negligent in allowing the killer to stockpile weapons and ammunition in his hotel room.
Among the plaintiffs was former Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Jason McMillan, now 40, who was among attendees at the fest and was struck in the upper body during the hail of gunfire, leaving him partially paralyzed.
“The scars and injuries from that night can never be erased,” McMillan said after the settlement was announced. “I’m glad we could reach a resolution that allows us to put this nightmare behind us, so our family can move forward and start focusing on the future.”
Several people wounded in the shooting have since died from health complications.