Just one week after a gunman opened fire at a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas and left hundreds wounded and 58 innocent victims dead, Aldean and his wife Brittany Aldean returned to the spot where it all happened. Together they paid their respects to those lost and visited with survivors.
On Sunday, the Aldeans went to overlook the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and the scene of the attack. Then they went to the University Medical Center to visit with concertgoers who are still hospitalized due to gun wounds.
Brittany Aldean, who is pregnant, according to Today.com, posted about the powerful and emotional moment the couple shared.
“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,” the caption read.
She continued, “You have helped us try to begin the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have. Thank you for today. We will never forget.”
The Aldeans have been open about how difficult it’s been to process the events that took place. Following the incident, the singer posted to Instagram admitting his emotional struggle. “Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Fear, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others,” he wrote.
His wife shared that the strength exhibited by survivors have helped her and her husband deal with this tragedy. And their visit to the hospital likely brightened the spirits of Aldean fans, too.
“His visit helped heal hearts and cheer those who were wounded in this tragedy,” the hospital said of Aldean’s visit in a Facebook post.
The day before flying back to Las Vegas, Jason Aldean performed a tribute to shooting victims on “Saturday Night Live.”
He opened the set by saying, “Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night, and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal.”
“So many people are hurting,” he continued. “They’re our children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends — they’re all part of our family. So I want to say to them: We hurt for you and we hurt with you. But you can be sure that we’re going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way. Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable.”
His band then played “I Won’t Back Down,” by the legendary musician Tom Petty, who died just one day after the Las Vegas tragedy.
Truly, given the resilience shown by the community of Las Vegas and survivors of the shooting, the song choice couldn’t have been more fitting.