Tribute Performance To The Victims Of The Las Vegas Shooting Was Ripped Apart By Twitter Users

Four country music singers took the Grammy’s stage on Sunday to pay tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting.

On Sunday October 1, 2017 Stephen Paddock, 64, began shooting out of his hotel window overlooking a country music festival, killing 58 people and injuring about 500. He later ended his own life when police found him. This was the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Artists Maren Morris, Eric Church and Brothers Osborne performed a cover of Eric Clapton’s song, Tears in Heaven. Clapton originally wrote this song for his  4-year-old son, Conor, who died after falling out of an New York City apartment window.

Although the performance was heartfelt and emotional, Twitter users didn’t hesitate to slam this entire performance.

Is Your Hometown In The Top 5 Best Or Worst Cities To Get A Cup Of Coffee?

Who doesn’t love a cup of Joe to wake them up in the morning? Whether it’s before you head into work, drop the kids off at school, or just to feel more awake and lively, coffee has always been your “get it done” friend.

Coffee has been a staple in the American diet since the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when patriots to our nation threw the imported leaves into the harbor. Ever since then, Americans have been drinking that delicious brew and staying hard at work.

But it appears that some states love this hot beverage way more than others, and many would be surprised to see how hard, or how easy, it is for their fellow citizens to get access to the real magic beans.

Take a look and see how your region ranks from worst to best!

Laredo, Texas

Bigger doesn’t always mean better in this case.

Toledo, Ohio

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Why does Ohio have to be terrible at everything?

Greensboro, North Carolina

If it ain’t sweet tea, they do not want it. Maybe South Carolina can do a better job…

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Not Pictured: Good coffee.

Memphis, Tennessee

Okay, we may have an objection to raise here.

Are you ready to see the best places in America to get your cup of java?

Jason Aldean Breaks His Silence On The Las Vegas Shooting

More than six weeks after it happened, America is still grappling with the tragic deaths of 58 innocent people in Las Vegas.

A monument to the Las Vegas shooting victims.WSJ

Hundreds of people were also injured when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival. While police are still investigating Paddock’s motivations, they say he opened fire on the crowd from his room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino before taking his own life.

Paddock was a millionaire and known as a professional gambler.David Becker

In the days after the shooting, survivors shared stories of heroes who rescued them from certain death. One of the people recognized for helping to prevent further bloodshed was Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos. He confronted Paddock moments after he opened fire, and helped bring police to his hotel room.

In an emotional interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Campos described the moment he confronted the shooter:

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But Jason Aldean, the country star who was performing on stage when Paddock opened fire on the crowd, has avoided discussing the shooting over the past six weeks. While he’s shared his feelings through social media posts and played at benefit concerts for the shooting victims, he hasn’t given an interview about his experience during the attack. Until now.

Aldean finally sat down to share his memories from that tragic night.Today

Aldean sat down with the Today show this week, sharing his memories of the shooting, and revealing how he’s coping in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Security Guard Injured Trying To Stop Las Vegas Shooting Breaks His Silence On Ellen

After the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month, stories of heroism have slowly trickled out through the media.

But one of the people at the heart of the event, the security guard who was the first person to confront the shooter Stephen Paddock, has stayed out of the spotlight since the shooting two weeks ago. Jesus Campos was patrolling the halls of the Mandalay Bay Resort Casino on the night of the shooting.

Police originally said that Campos managed to stop Paddock from firing on the crowd, then changed their story to say that Campos confronted and was shot by Paddock minutes before the shooting. The security guard was expected to clarify what happened that night on a series of TV interviews last week, but he canceled them at the last minute.

It seems that the man many are calling a hero needed time out of the spotlight to reflect on that night and recover. As he told Ellen Degeneres on his first TV since the shooting, Campos is “doing better each day, slowly but surely. Just healing mentally and physically.”

And he also revealed details of his dramatic confrontation with Paddock during the interview…

She Survived Both The San Bernardino and Las Vegas Mass Shootings

The world is a strange place. It can be warm and beautiful, full with life, but it can also be cold and ruthless. For Melissa Castruita, here’s hoping that she finds the rest of her life to be warm and beautiful. She can now be considered one of the world’s luckiest (or unluckiest people, depending on how you look at it) as she has survived not one, but two mass shootings.

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Her fiance remembers the day, December 2, 2015, when he got a text from his fiance while she was working at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, “active shooter.”

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That day changed Castruita’s life forever. Crowds began to make her uneasy, and she often found herself jumping to thoughts of “does that person with their hand in their pocket have a gun?” Time does seem to heal most wounds, because less than two years later she was in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival celebrating her 34th birthday. Fate transpired against her, and the most terrible re-run imaginable began to take place in front of her as bullets started to fly during Jason Aldean’s set.  

Baby Boy Born 2 Days After Las Vegas Shooting Receives Name Worthy Of A Survivor

There have been hundreds of stories coming out of Las Vegas following the mass shooting that took place at the Route 91 music festival. Over the first few days it was difficult to look past (and it still is) the full scale of the tragedy that took place there, but now we are starting to see some stories of perseverance and heroism.  

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Markie Coffer was extremely pregnant when she and her boyfriend decided to attend the festival in hopes of convincing the baby it was time to make his grand entrance (she was a week past due on the day of Route 91).

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They were listening to Jason Aldean play when they suddenly heard the first wave of gunshots. Coffer’s boyfriend, Travis Matheson, an army vet immediately reverted back to his training in order to help get his pregnant girlfriend and his brother make it to safety.

Marine Who ‘Stole’ Truck To Save Lives In Vegas Gets A Big Gift

The massacre in Las Vegas happened less than two weeks ago, and as time passes, we’re learning more and more about the heroes from that day. There were so many people who risked their lives to save others, and they will always be remembered.

Jonathan Smith took a bullet in the neck while saving the lives of a group of young girls. “I would want someone to do the same for me. No one deserves to lose a life coming to a country festival.”Washington Post

One Marine veteran, Taylor Winston, saved the lives of at least 30 people using some quick thinking and a little car theft. Winston was at the music festival when Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room on the Las Vegas strip.

Winston noticed a truck nearby with keys still in the ignition. He commandeered the car and used it to drive injured people to the hospital. He loaded the truck with people as many times as he could, driving them to the hospital, then coming back for more. He says his time in the Marines is what prompted his quick-thinking and heroic actions.

Three days after the shooting, Winston received a message from the owner of the truck.

The veteran responded, apologizing for the inconvenience.

The stranger’s truck was covered in the blood of victims, but it was all in the name of saving lives.

Taylor Winston didn’t do any of this for the attention, but now he’s going to get a big surprise.

Jason Aldean Hits The Stage One Week After Vegas Shooting, And Delivers Touching Tribute

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Las Vagas, in which a gunman opened fire on the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, taking the lives of 58 people and wounding over 500 more, a number of country musicians have taken the time to pay tribute to the lives that were lost.

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Garth Brooks posted a tribute to the victims of the shooting soon afterwards, commenting that “I’m very proud of how the audience handled itself. People were laying down on people to protect them. Just…character flows through country music. All our love to the victims and the victims’ families. All our love to the bands and crews.”

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Most notable however, has been the outpouring of emotions from Jason Aldean, who was performing at the festival when the shooting began. His pregnant wife Brittany was present as well, and recounts that “We were the lucky ones. I can’t put into words the pain and heartache we feel for the ones who are no longer with us.”

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Though he already previously made a statement about the incident, Aldean used his appearance on Saturday Night Live on Oct. 8th to comment further on the shooting, as well as to pay tribute to the late Tom Petty, who passed away on Oct. 2nd.

His tribute is very touching…

Las Vegas Victim Who Showed Respect For President Trump Responds To Internet Bullies

Thomas Gunderson was one of the 500 people who were injured in last week’s shooting in Las Vegas, which is officially the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Police officers outside the Mandalay Bay casino, after the shooting last week.Red State

The 28-year-old from Newport Beach, California was at the concert with his friends when shots rang out, and was struck in the leg by a bullet. The young man’s life was likely saved by a pair of bystanders who wrapped a belt around his leg as a tourniquet.

While 59 people were killed in the shooting, many were injured, including over a dozen who are still in critical condition. On Wednesday, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited some of the shooting’s victims in Las Vegas.

Gunderson is recovering well, but told Fox News that his gunshot wound makes it “hard to stand, very painful.” That’s what has made this video of his meeting with the president go viral around the world.

I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand! There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!

Posted by Thomas Gunderson on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

While the First Lady can be heard telling Gunderson he should sit down, he insists on standing and shaking the president’s hand. In a message on Facebook, he explained that “There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag.”

But Gunderson’s small gesture has created a big controversy online, and the young man has been forced to respond…

Jason Aldean’s Pregnant Wife Describes “Bullets Flying Past” Her During Vegas Shooting

On Oct 1, thousands of country music fans gathered in Las Vegas for the finale of the Route 91 Harvest festival, but their fun was cut short when Stephen Paddlock fired bullets down on the crowd from the window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

The 64-year-old’s rampage, which took place during Jason Aldean’s closing set, claimed the lives of 59 people and injured 527.

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Aldean and other celebrities like Garth Brooks have since opened up about the horrific event, expressing their pain, gratitude for the first responders, and urging the nation to “stop the hate.”

Now, days after the senseless tragedy, Aldean’s wife Brittany Kerr Aldean spoke out about being a part of the choas.

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Kerr Aldean, who is pregnant with her first child, was watching her husband’s performance in a tent near the Mandalay when the bullets started raining down.

Of course, the first thing that came to her mind was the fact that she may never get the chance to meet her child. Kerr Aldean took to Instagram to share her sentiments about the experience.

Garth Brooks Posts Emotional Message Following The Las Vegas Tragedy

In 1996, country crooner Garth Brooks released his emotional ballad “The Change” in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing that took the lives of hundreds of people.

This week, following the horrific shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, Brooks once again picked up his guitar to perform a short rendition of the same song on Facebook Live.

The singer also had a powerful message, and some words of wisdom to convey to those affected by the senseless tragedy, the first responders, and his fellow musicians.

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Sitting in front of a TV screen that read “Pray for Las Vegas,” the country singer praised those affected by the deadliest mass killing in the history of the U.S. for their display of courage and love despite seeing a “lot of bad things.”

“I’m very proud of how the audience handled itself. People were laying down on people to protect them,” Brooks said. “Just…character flows through country music. All our love to the victims and the victims’ families. All our love to the bands and crews.”

“Can’t thank the men and women in blue enough,” he continued. “Can’t thank the firefighters, EMTs, hospital staff, SWAT teams, everybody…and the volunteers.”

But it was what he said in the rest of the video that struck a chord with people across the country as well as Brooks’s fellow artists.

The Heroes Of Las Vegas Whose Stories Need To Be Heard

When 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, 29 people were killed and another 500 were injured. The largest mass shooting in American history, the Las Vegas massacre has been plastered all over the news since it happened (and rightly so.)

But in times of horror like this, we need to remember those people who risked and sacrificed their lives to save others.

“There were so many people, just normal citizens, doctors, cops, paramedics, nurses, just off-duty. Everyone’s just communicating and working together,” said a festival-goer Vanessa. “It was completely horrible, but it was absolutely amazing to see all the people come together.”

These are their stories.

30-year-old copy machine repairman Jonathan Smith was shot in the neck while saving others from the mass shooting. Smith was originally focused on getting his nieces out safely, but when everyone got separated, he turned his focus to other frightened guests. He grabbed people and told them to follow him and brought them all to safety.

“I got a few people out of there,” Smith said. “You could hear the shots. It sounded like it was coming from all over Las Vegas Boulevard.”

Smith noticed some young girls were not totally shielded, so he stood up to urge them to move and get on the ground. That’s when he was shot.

“I couldn’t feel anything in my neck. There was a warm sensation in my arm,” said Smith. “I might have to live with this bullet for the rest of my life.”

But Smith says he’s not a hero.

“I don’t see myself that way,” he said. “I would want someone to do the same for me. No one deserves to lose a life coming to a country festival.”

A nurse from Tennessee, Sonny Melton lost his life which protecting his wife during the shooting. Heather Melton says she knew the moment her husband was about to die.

“He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” she told WSMV. “I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”

Melton says she lost her true love and knight in shining armor.

The Heroes Of The Las Vegas Massacre Should Not Be Forgotten

When 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music festival in Las Vegas, 29 people were killed and another 500 were injured. The largest mass shooting in American history, the Las Vegas massacre has been plastered all over the news since it happened (and rightly so.)

But in times of horror like this, we need to remember those people who risked and sacrificed their lives to save others.

“There were so many people, just normal citizens, doctors, cops, paramedics, nurses, just off-duty. Everyone’s just communicating and working together,” said a festival-goer Vanessa. “It was completely horrible, but it was absolutely amazing to see all the people come together.”

These are their stories.

30-year-old copy machine repairman Jonathan Smith was shot in the neck while saving others from the mass shooting. Smith was originally focused on getting his nieces out safely, but when everyone got separated, he turned his focus to other frightened guests. He grabbed people and told them to follow him and brought them all to safety.

“I got a few people out of there,” Smith said. “You could hear the shots. It sounded like it was coming from all over Las Vegas Boulevard.”

Smith noticed some young girls were not totally shielded, so he stood up to urge them to move and get on the ground. That’s when he was shot.

“I couldn’t feel anything in my neck. There was a warm sensation in my arm,” said Smith. “I might have to live with this bullet for the rest of my life.”

But Smith says he’s not a hero.

“I don’t see myself that way,” he said. “I would want someone to do the same for me. No one deserves to lose a life coming to a country festival.”

A nurse from Tennessee, Sonny Melton lost his life which protecting his wife during the shooting. Heather Melton says she knew the moment her husband was about to die.

“He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” she told WSMV. “I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”

Melton says she lost her true love and knight in shining armor.

Jason Aldean Shares Emotional Post After The Las Vegas Shooting

On Sunday night, the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States occurred when Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing fifty-nine people and injuring at least 527.

The attack took place during singer Jason Aldean’s closing set at the Route 91 Harvest festival, a 3-day outdoor country music festival that takes place in Vegas annually.

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Aldean and his band took cover behind the equipment once the bullets were fired. He later updated fans on Instagram to confirm that he and his crew were safe.

“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe,” he wrote. “My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate.”

A day after the horrific event, the country star has released an emotional statement in which he expressed his pain over the senseless tragedy and urged the nation to come together as one.

More Than 50 Dead And 200 Injured After Las Vegas Shooting

A place that was supposed to be a fun for adults to relax and unwind from their daily lives has turned to tragedy that has taken the lives of over 50 people and injured 200 in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

A lone gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor into an outdoor country music festival at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

More than 200 people were injured while performer Jason Aldean was on stage performing on the final night of a three-day Route 91 Harvest festival.

Named Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year in 2017, Aldean assures fans that he and the band were safe in an Instagram post.

“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken#stopthehate,” he wrote.

At first, people thought the gunfire was fireworks, but only after the second burst did the band stop playing.

“After the second round… everybody hit the ground around us,” concert-goer Sean said on TODAY.

“It seemed like people were hit everywhere.”

The suspect has been identified and the investigation continues.