Remembering 1 October victims at Healing Garden ceremony

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On Friday evening, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and City of Las Vegas Communications Director David Riggleman read the names of those killed in the 1 October tragedy at the Community Healing Garden. A bell tolled and a candle was lit in remembrance of each person lost.

8 News Now spoke with Joey Castillo, who lost a relative four years ago and he reflected on what this day means to him.

“There’s always different ways to deal with it, everybody has their own ways, counseling, coming to the Healing Garden, just meeting other people that were impacted by it,” said Castillo.

Many people who spoke to 8 News Now said it was their first time seeing the ceremony in person.

Two people later died from their injuries and brought the number of lives lost to 60.

They were not named during the candle lighting ceremony however, Mayor Goodman recognized them separately Friday evening.

The Community Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas was built in three days following the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.

The garden features a Remembrance Wall, a grove of 58 trees lining a paved path, shrubs, and flowers, all encircling an oak tree – “the tree of life” donated by Siegfried and Roy. 

It has served as a place of calm to remember those touched by tragedy.

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