In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s history, Americans and Sin City residents are coming together to extend humanity and support to one another. A gunman inflicted terror and unspeakable grief upon attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival killing 59 and injuring 527 and denied that very humanity to the people of Las Vegas.
The brothers of Omega Delta Phi extend their deepest sympathies to all who experienced the terror first hand and who have been impacted by the loss of loved ones during this senseless affront on human life.
The city of Las Vegas and even neighboring cities such as Reno and Spark are all coordinating a call to action to all Nevadan’s and anyone willing to aid as the city begins their long healing process. Authorities are asking residents to flood the blood banks and donations centers so that the hospitals treating the wounded may have ample resources to implement as many life saving techniques as possible without depleting their resources.
As Honorable Knights, we extend a call to our Nevada and surrounding communities to extend their thoughts and condolences during this impossible time, but by also doing their part as a display of solidarity. Donate blood, donate to the Red Cross or any other crisis intervention organization that you deem appropriate, or find a way to give back and aid Las Vegas in this trying time.
The city has opened a hotline for family members to be able to establish contact with victims and those who were present at the festival in hopes of reunification. For 59 families, the efforts will now turn to making funeral and burial/cremation arrangements for their loved ones.
Stay informed on the issue and make sure that you aren’t proliferating unconfirmed or unsubstantiated rumors, reports from media sources that aren’t reputable. It would also be of great human decency to not share any graphic photographs of victims.
The city that never sleeps is facing the impossible right now, a grief and heartbreak that is becoming all too routine and ordinary in a country that will have to have this uncomfortable conversation regarding firearms and accessibility. As a fraternity of inclusion, we renounce acts of hatred and violence and we lift the city of Las Vegas, the first responders, and the victims of this evil act in prayer.