Most of the world will now know, the tragedy that befell the final set of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Over 50 people were killed and over 500 injured during the mass attack.
Soon after Jason Aldean took to the stage, the crowd of 22,000 people were fired upon with automatic rifles from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
The initial moments of the attack were filled with confusion – something that Renee Cesario will have to live with forever.
But she was one of the lucky ones. She survived thanks to a stranger who decided to help her before saving himself.
Hours before all hell broke loose, Renee and United States Marine Brendan Kelly had spent the evening in each other company dancing the evening away and enjoying the great atmosphere around them.
Then the tragic incident began.
“We were just dancing and having fun and then all of the sudden there were loud noises that sounded like fireworks, but no lights were going off,”
TACKLED TO THE GROUND
As the gunshots continued, performer on stage Jason Aldean did not hear the chaos straight away and continued to sing. People soon began to realize something was horribly wrong and their lives were in danger.
“Before I knew what was going on, Brendan tackled me down to the ground and covered me from the fire,” Renee says.
When the shooting finally stopped, Brendan took hold of Renee’s arm and said, ‘We have to get out of here.’ He pulled her off the floor and they ran together as he protected her at all times.
“The whole night he didn’t leave my side,” says Renee.
SMS MOVES THE WORLD
The number of people that were hit with bullets numbered in the hundreds. Renee was not one of them, thanks to the efforts of Brendan Kelly. Brendan was later to receive a SMS from Renee’s sister expressing her gratitude for what he had done for her sister.
Thankfully, these two made it out of the situation unscathed physically. However, thoughts and prayers go to the many who lost loves ones and for the recovery of so many injured.
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