This Facebook Page Helps Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Find Their Heroes
In the aftermath of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival — the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern shooting, where 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured — there is hope. People are helping others, including one woman who created a Facebook page in hopes of uniting victims with their heroes.
Ashton Zyer launched the Facebook page Find Your LV Hero several days after the Oct. 1 shooting. The About section explains that the page “was created to help victims at the Las Vegas massacre find the people who helped rescue them, as many did not know the identities of their heroes.”
On a daily basis, victims of the attack post stories of survival in hopes of finding the person or people who saved them. Many relationships have already been formed, and Zyer tells CNN that the page has helped facilitate more than 30 connections based on descriptions of the scene, physical descriptions and/or photos.
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“I didn’t even imagine I would get that many people looking and searching,” Zyer says. “I didn’t even imagine how deep the connection was and how desperate they would be to find these people, and I couldn’t believe the relief they felt when they found them, and the excitement.”
One woman, Chris Gilman, was able to connect with the married couple who helped stop the bleeding from one of her gunshot wounds, and they got her to safety. While at the hospital, she saw Find Your LV Hero on her Facebook timeline and posted a note about her heroes. Three days later, she connected with the couple who helped save her life and she plans to visit them in Los Angeles later this year.
“There’s just a sense of peace and healing knowing who saved my life, not just for me, but for them, too,” Gilman tells CNN. “I think it’s important for people who got people out to know how the people they helped are doing, to help them heal and to move on.”
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