Vegas Golden Knights an escape for 1 October investigators

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - It took 10 months for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department team assigned to the 1 October investigation to sort through all the evidence and issue a final report.

During that time, the six detectives on the team watched hundreds of hours of body-camera footage from officers, along with witness videos from the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert guests.

"Toughest case we've ever worked. Any of us," said Sgt. Jerry MacDonald with LVMPD's Force Investigation Team. 

Those 10 months were hard on every member of FIT who had to work long days searching for a motive that never presented itself.

"I don't think that is something you can put into words. It weighs heavily on you and is in the front of your mind," Det. Trever Alsup said.

While the investigation consumed their lives for much of the time, the detectives, like much of the Las Vegas community, found a way to help lift their spirits just nine days after the horrific attack.

That moment was when the Vegas Golden Knights took the ice for their home opener at T-Mobile Arena.

"That's really when the whole thing hit me for the first time. When they lined up the first responders on the ice and then when they put all the 58 names embedded on the ice,"  MacDonald said.

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The detectives, like much of the grieving community, say that moment instantly bonded them to the #VegasBorn team.

"Really it is just the way the whole organization handled that night and what they did," Alsup said. "Taking the ads off the boards and putting Vegas Strong. The way they rallied around this community."

"It seemed like they really cared about the community which made a big difference," Det. Marc Colon said.

As the days continued and the investigation demanded more of their times, it was the Golden Knights success that helped the most.

"It was just a little break from our normal everyday job," Colon said.

They spent a few minutes recounting Marc-Andre Fleury's fantastic saves and William Karlsson's unbelievable goals on the other heroics from the Golden Misfits.

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"It was just our chance to get away and have a normal time," Alsup said.

That break became a full-on love for the boys in black and gold.

"Now I've got the six biggest Knights fans on the planet in my office," MacDonald said.

Now with the investigation over, the detectives have a little more time to enjoy the games and hope the team can continue to capture their magic as they move out of the shadow of the tragedy.

"I just hope it keeps getting better," MacDonald said. 

A hope for both the Knights on the ice and the healing they spurred in the community.

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