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As the news of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting came down and the world shuddered over the news that 58 people had been killed and more than 500 more injured, fan’s thoughts and prayers turned toward the artists who were on the concert bill for that fateful Oct. 1 night

One of those artists was Dee Jay Silver.

His wife Jenna shared the family’s harrowing tale in a heartbreaking Instagram post on Oct. 2, telling fans that their adorable baby boy Wake slept through the entire tragedy just steps from the shooter in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Wake is our whole soul & reason for living. He was in our room at Mandalay Bay last night, 3 doors down from the shooter on the 32nd floor. While John & I were at the festival, ducking behind buses, not knowing what was happening & fearing for our lives, our sweet baby slept through the horrific sounds coming from just down the hall that have now forever changed us. Thank you to the first responders who beat the door in & to my Aunt Mary who was watching him & protecting him all the way to safety. We were separated for the most traumatic several hours of my life while John & I & everyone from Jason's camp did what they could to reunite our family & help those who weren't nearly as lucky as us. My mom was also separated from us but was safe & is back with us. I'm still in shock & having a hard time gathering proper words for those who didn't make it & their families. I can't fathom the pain. Thank you to everyone who helped the injured so selflessly. Not everyone, including myself, is that brave. We are holding each other tight today & everyday. It's time to just love each other. 💙

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“Wake is our whole soul and reason for living,” Jenna wrote. “He was in our room at Mandalay Bay last night, three doors down from the shooter on the 32nd floor. While John [husband Dee Jay’s real name] and I were at the festival, ducking behind buses, not knowing what was happening and fearing for our lives, our sweet baby slept through the horrific sounds coming from just down the hall that have now forever changed us. Thank you to the first responders who beat the door in, and to my Aunt Mary who was watching him and protecting him all the way to safety. We were separated for the most traumatic several hours of my life while John and I and everyone from Jason [Aldean’s] camp did what they could to reunite our family and help those who weren’t nearly as lucky as us. My mom was also separated from us, but was safe and is back with us.”

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Like everyone else at this moment, Jenna is currently battling the absolute sadness surrounding this tragedy.

“I can’t fathom the pain,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who helped the injured so selflessly. Not everyone, including myself, is that brave. We are holding each other tight today and every day. It’s time to just love each other.”

Our continued prayers are with all those hurting as a result of this senseless act.

A much-loved country music family recounts their horrific night in Vegas Instagram/_jennamichelle_
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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