Country singer, Jason Aldean, who was on stage when the mass shooting occurred at a music festival in Las Vegas last week, made his way back to the desert city to visit the survivors.
With pregnant wife, Brittany, by his side, Aldean visited the site of the attack prompting her to share an image to Instagram along with the caption: “Feels surreal being back in Vegas today. Visiting some of the strongest people we have ever met… fighting the toughest battle of them all… for their lives. You have helped us try to begin to start the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have. Thank you for today. We will never forget. #vegasstrong”
The couple is expecting their first child together and the expectant mother was in Vegas, closer to where the gunman was perched. She recently explained, “When the gunfire started, I was not with Jason, but with some friends in a tent close to Mandalay. As you can imagine my first instinct was to run to him and his was the same. As we laid behind equipment onstage with some of our road family, bullets flying past… all I could think was ‘I never even got to hold my baby.’”
That’s just a sad and horrible thing for her to even have to think about. Can you imagine having to run for cover with a child in your belly wondering if either of you would survive? It’s chilling.
“We all made sure the others knew we loved them and then ran for cover where we stayed for the next couple hours. (Not knowing if there were multiple shooters, where the bullets were coming from… NOTHING),” Brittany continued. “We were the lucky ones. I can’t put into words the pain and heartache we feel for the ones who are no longer with us.”
In the wake of the tragedy, Aldean has canceled some shows and covered the late Tom Petty’s classic, “I Won’t Back Down,” on Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Before the performance, he said, “So many people are hurting… Children, brothers, sisters, parents — they’re all part of our family. We’re gonna work through these tough times together, all the way.”
That’s all we can hope for at this point.