One young country star recalls the calm before the storm in Las Vegas Instagram/@LukeCombsMusic

It was supposed to be a three-day festival full of country music and fun, but the Route 91 Harvest Festival in las Vegas turned deadly on its final night. Gunman Stephen Paddock picked up a sniper rifle, blew out a window at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and opened fire on an exuberant crowd packed to the stage to see Jason Aldean. And while it’s difficult to forget the horrific images that we have all seen on the news and social media of the shooting and its aftermath, new country star Luke Combs wants fans to remember what the event was meant to be about.

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Sharing a post on his Instagram page with a photo from his own show that took place just a couple of hours before Jason took the stage, Luke wrote, “This is a photo from just a short few hours ago. I wanted to post a photo of what this festival was supposed to be about and not give this horrible person the recognition he so desperately wanted. I am incredibly saddened by tonight’s events, and while I’m thankful that me and all of my band and crew are alive and unharmed, I can’t help but hurt for all the people who weren’t as fortunate and the pain their loved ones must feel. Keep Vegas, these fans and all of the country music community in your thoughts and prayers. We could sure use it tonight.”

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The Route 91 Harvest Festival kicked off on Friday night, and the weekend-long extravaganza hosted performances from some of country music’s biggest stars, including Dee Jay Silver, who was in Vegas with wife Jenna and baby boy Wake, and Jake Owen who was watching Jason’s show from the side of the stage when the shots were fired.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrific event.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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