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Vegas Strip will go dark Monday exactly one year after sniper killed 58 at concert

Vegas Strip will go dark Monday exactly one year after sniper killed 58 at concert
Work continued this week on the Community Healing Garden. It will be dedicated Monday at 6:30 p.m., as part of the anniversary tribute. (Sam Morris / Las Vegas News Bureau)

Marquees at resorts along the Las Vegas Strip will go dark Monday at about the time a year ago when a gunman began a shooting rampage that left 58 people dead and hundreds more injured.

As locals and visitors alike remember the massacre, two new memorials serve as vivid, tangible tributes to the 58 people who died.

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Work has been underway at the Community Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas, transforming a temporary memorial into a permanent remembrance.

The garden, quickly created in the aftermath of the shooting, is now enhanced with features such as a large pair of angel’s wings. The initials of all the victims have been etched into the stone.

What began as a local landscaper’s tribute to those who died has been further developed in recent days.

Placed amid 58 trees planted last October, a compelling message is etched into a rock-and-wood memorial containing photos of many of the victims.

“October 1, 2017 changed Las Vegas forever,” it begins. “This time, we are a community pushed back with a very deliberate act …. Together we planted a garden not only of trees and flowers, but we planted a garden of love, hope and compassion.”

The garden, at 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd., will be dedicated Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Marquees along the Strip will go dark at 10:01 p.m. in a tribute that will last several minutes. The iconic signs also went dark on Oct 8, 2017, one week following the horrific tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

At 10:05 p.m., the time at which the first shots rang out, the names of the 58 victims will be read at the Community Healing Garden.

The tragedy is also being remembered at the Clark County Museum in suburban Henderson.

The “How We Mourned” exhibit contains many of the moving tributes left at makeshift memorials that sprung up within hours of the killings.

A team of 25 volunteers contributed 7,000 hours to gather the 15,000 artifacts now in the museum’s collection. The items on display include candles, cowboy hats, boots, flags, stuffed animals and other items, many inscribed with personal messages.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 24, 2019.

The museum, at 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson, Nev., is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children and seniors.

The new memorials join the Las Vegas Portraits Project/1 October Memorial that opened Sept. 17 in the Rotunda Gallery of the Clark County Government Center in downtown Las Vegas. The memorial will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday through Oct. 19. Admission is free.

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