1 October survivor creates organization to help victims of violence stay in school

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After the tragedy on 1 October, students who were at the Route 91 Harvest Festival tried to go back to their everyday lives. 

“I saw myself as like, I’m here. I’m suffering. But, no one needs to know about my suffering,” said Cody Jones. “I just need to move on, like the world’s moving on.”

Jones was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival with her mother when the shooting occurred. For many survivors, like her, the pain never really goes away.

After the shooting, Jones’ GPA dropped and she lost her scholarship at the College of Southern Nevada.

“I was still there physically, but mentally I was not there,” Jones said.
“If you hear a loud noise in the background, I will jump, and I always will face sitting towards the door because it’s that anxiousness.”

With the help of Expedia, UNLV recently announced a new scholarship for students affected by the shooting.

According to the application, “The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to offset the related expenses to attending UNLV for those experiencing need as a result of personal impact by the tragic events on 1 October 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.”

Jones hopes other colleges, like the College of Southern Nevada, will follow suit. 

“The colleges are now helping out; it’s fantastic,” Jones said.

In the meantime, Jones has started her own organization called Route 91 Nation. The money she raises will go towards scholarships that help victims of violence stay in school.

Jones says CSN is working with her to get her scholarship back. In the future, she wants to become an Army pilot. 

To apply for the scholarship at UNLV, go here. 

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