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New book aims to protect Las Vegas Healing Garden

Posted: 10:23 AM, Oct 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-01 14:09:41-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Healing Garden has been a place for minds troubled by unspeakable violence to find peace, a place for memories, and a place where the sounds of Las Vegas seem to disappear since the 1 October shooting two years earlier.

Stefani Evans, co-editor of a new book about the Healing Garden's creation "Healing Las Vegas," said she worked on the new book because she understood the garden's importance to victims of violence.

"What you hear is the water feature," Evans said, walking into the memorial. "You hear the birds; you may hear a sob from somebody who's there mourning."

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Sales of "Healing Las Vegas" will go to Get Outdoors Nevada's maintenance programs at the Healing Garden to help create a steady stream of funding for the small park.

"It's extremely important," Evans said.

The book is a compilation of oral histories collected by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas about the shooting and subsequent creation of the Healing Garden.

Jessica Anderson helped maintain the garden in its infancy while working with Get Outdoors Nevada. She said maintenance is essential to ensure the memories of 58 victims never fades.

"We lost 58 people that night," she said. "But their stories, their lives, everything is still there. That movement, that life, you see the butterflies, and the birds, and that place grows."

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Anderson said with the proper assistance; the Healing Garden should continue to grow and help the victims of violence find peace.

"Healing Las Vegas" can be bought from the University of Nevada Press, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble stores.