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On October 1, 2017, many lives were changed forever, including Brittany and Jason Aldean’s.
Thousands of country music fans flocked to the sold-out Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, on that fateful day when a gunman opened fire on the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino.
The headliner for the final night of the festival, Jason Aldean, was finishing his third song and transitioning into his fourth song of the night when the gunfire erupted. His pregnant wife, Brittany Aldean, was in a tent backstage with local friends as the shots rang out, and she found herself running for her life with the thousands of other concert-goers that were there that night.
On the third anniversary of the shooting that killed 58 people and injured thousands, Brittany and Jason reflected on the night that changed so many lives in a matter of seconds.
“On one hand, it seems like an eternity ago, a nightmare you try to forget. On the other hand, it’s (sic) vividness makes it seem like it was yesterday,” Brittany shared.
She was pregnant with her first child, Memphis, who was born exactly two months after the tragedy on December 1, 2017. Three days after the tragic event, Brittany posted on Instagram about her thoughts during the event and her fear of never being able to hold her baby boy.
About a week after the shooting, Jason and Brittany went back to Las Vegas to visit some of the victims in the hospital. She recalled the trip on her Instagram stories as being “the hardest trip” they ever made.
The couple showed their support of their “Route 91 Family” on the 3rd anniversary on social media.
See their posts and watch Jason’s tribute to the victims and his first performance after the shooting below.