Horror and heartbreak: Country stars react to Vegas shooting
In this June 7, 2017 file photo, Luke Combs arrives at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Combs took to social media to express his sadness after the mass shooting on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. He performed earlier in the evening. (Sanford Myers / Invision / AP)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, October 2, 2017 1:30PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, October 2, 2017 7:21PM EDT
Country stars took to social media to express their sadness after the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival:
-- "I am incredibly saddened by tonight's events and while I'm thankful that me and all of my band and crew are alive and unharmed, I can't help but hurt for all the people who weren't as fortunate and the pain their loved ones must feel. Keep Vegas, these fans, and all of the country music community in your thoughts and prayers, we could sure use it tonight. Thank you." -- Luke Combs, who performed earlier in the night, in a message posted to Instagram.
-- "My heart is breaking for Las Vegas. We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is terrorism." -- Ariana Grande on Twitter.
-- "There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families."-- Taylor Swift on Twitter.
-- "I just can't even fathom what happened in Vegas. My heart is broken. My love and all my prayers go out this morning to every family and friend who suffered loss, and everyone who was there. May God be with you through this tragic time." -- Thomas Rhett on Twitter.
-- "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." -- Chris Young on Twitter.
-- "Words can't begin explain my sadness. My family and I are praying for the victims of this tragedy. Truly heartbroken." -- Luke Bryan on Twitter.
-- "Praying for everyone at .HarvestFestival. There are no words right now that suffice." -- Brad Paisley on Twitter.
-- "We played Route 91 in Vegas the night before last. It was one of my favourite shows and festivals to be on. We were all singing. I'm in shock over this unfair, senseless tragedy and heartbroken for the lives taken too soon." -- Maren Morris on Twitter.
-- "Woke up to such horrible news. We are praying for the victims and their families. May the Lord bring some comfort to them." -- Carrie Underwood on Twitter.
-- "Praying for all the innocent victims and their families in Las Vegas." -- Celine Dion on Twitter.
-- "Stilled and speechless... Our hearts and prayers are with everyone involved and affected." -- Keith Urban on Twitter.
-- "My heart goes out to all of our friends, Γåòjasonaldean, our music family and fans in Las Vegas.." -- Reba McEntire on Instagram.
-- "My heart hurts... what in the world?! Let's all show Vegas we have their back in this madness... praying for all the victims and for the country music community... damn this hits close to home... We WILL get through this." -- Brett Eldredge on Twitter.
-- "The band & crew were on the concert grounds and saw people get shot. Some of my crew members were hit with shrapnel, but not injured. We are deeply disturbed by this horrific act of violence and send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. It was a long awful night but we are blessed to be alive and healthy. Hug your loved ones tight." -- Josh Abbott Band on Facebook.