LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Days before the two-year anniversary of 1 October, Governor Steve Sisolak and the Clark County Commission announced the creation of a committee to spearhead the planning of a memorial for the tragedy.
The 1 October Memorial Committee is comprised of the following members:
- Karessa Royce, 1 October Survivor
- Mynda Smith, Family Member of 1 October Victim
- Tennille Pereira, Director of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center
- Andrew Walsh, First Responder
- Rebecca Holden, Vice-Chair, Clark County Arts Committee
- Dr. Robert Fielden, Member, Clark County Arts Committee
- Harold Bradford, At-Large Member, Clark County Arts Committee
The creation of the committee is subject to approval by the Clark County Commission at their Oct. 2 meeting. Funding and any memorial plans will be subject to public hearings and county approval.
"There's 58 families. They're longing for something their loved ones can be remembered by," said Mynda Smith, whose sister Neysa Tonks, 46, was killed in the shooting. She also created the Vegas Strong Day movement to spearhead acts of kindness on Oct. 1.
She said numerous loved ones and survivors hope for a site close to or at the Route 91 Festival location.
"They need somewhere to heal and honor the 58-- hopefully near the site of Route 91," said Smith.