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1 October memorial committee hears public input for the first time

Posted at 3:13 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 21:46:49-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The path to building a permanent memorial for the lives lost on 1 October is underway.

The public shared their thoughts at the first meeting of the 1 October Memorial Committee on Wednesday.

More than a year after being formed the 1 October Memorial Committee met for the first time.

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Seven people make up the committee including a survivor and a victim’s family member. Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson thanked them for their service and gave them direction.

“The memorial that comes from this process will need to be inclusive. It will need to validate the experiences and the emotions that are evoked whenever we think of it,” he said.

The committee’s aim is to create and fund the memorial while searching for a permanent location. They heard input from community members affected by the shooting.

Chris Davis pushed for the memorial to recognize the victims who died that day, which included his daughter.

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“We believe that 58 is a sacred number and it needs to stay at 58. We very passionately asked the committee to make sure that the memorial is for the 58,” he said.

Davis says this is a feeling that was felt among her and the 57 other families who had loved ones taken away.

The official death toll now stands at 60 with two more deaths happening long after the shooting. Davis' wife says she understands the other family’s pain and there is a place for them to be remembered.

“I would suggest there be a plaque at the healing garden with any names of delayed deaths due to the events of 1 October,” said Debbie Davis.

No set timetable has been set yet, but that will be discussed at future meetings.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for Nov. 25 at 9 a.m.