It’s been more than three months since that fateful night in Las Vegas when 58 people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured in a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Recovery is ongoing for some, but for one grateful couple, the scars are healing, and their journey together just got a little easier.
Jordanne Barr and Jordan Adamczyke were part of the crowd that October night enjoying an evening of live country music, including Jason Aldean. When shots rang out, the pair hit the ground, Jordan laying on top of his fiancée to shield her from the shower of bullets. When the dust settled, Jordanne had been hit, a bullet cutting through her arm and lodging into her side.
In an interview with Bakersfield’s KBAK/KBFX, Jordan said, simply, “I just wanted to protect her.” Jordanne tearfully added, “The five minutes where Jordan laid on top of me and I was on my side just looking at him, all I could think about was what my life would be like without him.”
While surviving this tragedy is certainly a blessing, that wasn’t the only one to fall on this beautiful couple. KBAK’s Reyna Harvey explains that the organization The Fairy Godmother Foundation heard Jordan and Jordanne’s story of love and survival, and gifted the future bride and groom with the wedding of their dreams, all expenses paid.
But the story doesn’t stop there. This couple’s happily-ever-after includes plans that Jordan and Jordanne are making to live their lives a little differently.
“We’re just so incredibly thankful,” Jordanne says. “I think we’ve said before that we want to live for those who weren’t able to make it out of there. That’s still our goal. That’s still what we are trying to do every day.”
Jordan and his bride are planning to get married on Oct. 6, 2019, just two years and five days after the Vegas shooting.
The victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, continue to be honored by members of the country music community. Multiple artists have returned to Las Vegas to visit both those still recovering from the incident and those heroic first responders who answered the call for help. At the 2017 CMA Awards, images of those lost in the shooting were shown while Carrie Underwood gave a tear-filled performance of “Softly and Tenderly.” And coming up, it was recently announced that Eric Church, Brothers Osborne and Maren Morris will give a special performance at this year’s Grammy Awards, set for Jan. 29, to remember those who were lost in Las Vegas.
Following the shooting, where Eric lost two beloved fans, he composed the song “Why Not Me,” which he later sang in an emotional performance on the Grand Ole Opry stage. And although Maren and co-writers Tom Douglas and David Hodges didn’t specifically compose her poignant song “Dear Hate” about that night in Las Vegas, she did release the duet, recorded with Vince Gill, after the shooting with a promise that all proceeds would go to benefit those affected by the tragedy.
Our congratulations go out to Jordan and Jordanne on their upcoming nuptials, and our continued prayers and healing wishes are with those who continue to recover from this terrible tragedy.