UPDATED 1:02 PM PT — Thursday, 5, 2019
From a music festival to a deadly mass shooting and now a symbol of hope and unity — the property owned by MGM Resorts in Las Vegas, known as “The Village,” will be transformed into a place for community gatherings. That’s according to the company’s announcement this week, which confirmed plans for the long-term use of the property as a community and athletic center.
58 people were shot and killed here during a country music festival in October 2017. One survivor still recovering from her physical injuries has proposed her own idea to help heal the emotional wounds.
“It needs to be the healing garden, the official healing garden. It needs to be a memorial. Not just so much as the 58 Angels, but it’s a memorial for us…giving some closure as well.”
–– LaShay Johnson – Las Vegas shooting survivor
MGM Resorts said it will support any efforts for the installation of a permanent memorial there. As plans for the center take place, the site will temporarily be used as a parking lot for games and concerts at Allegiant Stadium.
For now, the property outside the Mandalay Bay Resort remains fenced off and quiet. Officials recognize that the festival grounds will “forever be linked” to the tragic loss of life that took place there, but it will always honor everyone impacted by that night.