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Country community responds to Vegas massacre

Monday, October 2, 2017 – The country community weighed in on the Las Vegas tragedy, sending their thoughts and prayers.

Chris Young was at the scene. He was not playing at the festival, but he has been touring with Jason Aldean, who was performing closing out the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival when Stephen Paddock started shooting from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. "Spent I don't know how long on the floor of a trailer behind the stage... know multiple people are dead. Listening to that gunfire...," he tweeted at about 3 a.m. Las Vegas time on Monday.

He also followed up with tweets: "I'm literally shaking still," "Why" and "I'm not gonna say anything else other than I'm lucky to be alive. As are many others... and so many people are gone... this is heartbreaking."

Maren Morris played at the festival and tweeted, "Played Route 91 in Vegas the night before last. We were all singing. I'm in shock over this. Heartbroken for all those lives taken too soon."

Morris also released a song she recorded with Vince Gill, "Dear Hate," on YouTube on Monday afternoon. Morris said on Twitter, "I wrote this song 3 years ago, recorded it last year with Vince Gill, and always have fans asking when I'll put it out. I never knew when would be the right time,b ut realized today that there's never a right time. Hate is everywhere, and I'm sick of not doing enough. In the darkest tunnel, there is still love & music. That's what it's here for. Here is Dear Hate. Any cent I see from this I'm donating to the Music City Cares Fund. #LovesGonnaConquerAll."

Brothers Osborne, who played at the fest on Friday night, posted on Facebook, "We are completely devastated by these tragic events that happened in Vegas last night. We can only imagine the flood of emotions you all must be feeling and for that we send our love and prayers to you all. After our set on Friday, we talked about how you were one of the best groups of people we've ever played for. So much love. So much joy. So much pure happiness floating thru the air. I know it might be hard but don't lose those feelings. Those emotions are sacred. Don't let a deranged coward take that from you. We wish that we could reach our arms around every damn one of you and your families right now. Hold on tight to the ones you love. We love you all and will be keeping you forever in our thoughts."

Dierks Bentley said on Twitter, "Prayers for everyone in Las Vegas...Our country music family of fans and friends. God bless all those hurting right now. At a total loss for words."

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