As the names and the beautiful faces of the country music fans who lost their lives at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas begin to puncture our already broken hearts, seeing one particular face in an increasing number of victim montages is especially painful to the entire auto racing community.

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According to various reports on NASCAR news sites, victim Bailey Schweitzer was the daughter of Bakersfield Speedway owner Scott Schweitzer. Reports say Bailey, 20, was a frequent visitor to the California racetrack, even spending time working there alongside her parents, who have owned the raceway for the past 15 years. She would keep score on race nights and publicize the track via social media posts.

But in her free time, she would go to country music concerts.

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“Bailey went to about every since concert that a girl could go to, so this was a usual thing for her to do,” Bailey’s friend Sydney Lemon said in a recent interview with KERO-TV about Bailey’s love for country music and her chance to see artists such as Jason Aldean at country music festivals. “How can you hate the world so much that you would take away the joy of so many people’s lives? I just don’t understand.”

Neither do we, Sydney.

Neither do we.

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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