Dan + Shay honor Las Vegas victims

DAN SMYERS- The band member took time to acknowledge the power of the country music community after the Las Vegas shooting.
Photo by Marcelo Gonzales

Members of SOLO concert headliner Dan + Shay took a moment during the show to remember the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

The band performed on Oct. 3 at Tech’s Hooper Eblen Center. Between songs, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney talked about the shooting and the victims.

“It’s such a tragedy, country music is such a community, you know we’re proud to be part of the community, so it’s a huge loss for not only country music but America,” Smyers said.

This came two days after a gunman, Stephen Paddock, fired into a crowd of people watching a country music show in Las Vegas. More than 50 people died and more than 500 suffered injuries as a result.

During the show Smyers said it was an emotional 48 hours and they would mourn the losses and carry on from the incident.

Smyers said everyone needs to fight hate in the world with love, and music is a great way to do that.

“It’s a great outlet and I’m glad to be a part of country music,” Smyers said.