GRANTSVILLE, Utah (News4Utah) – Kristi Schreiber was both excited and nervous attending her first country music festival since surviving the mass shooting in Las Vegas in October of 2017. She and other survivors said it’s an important step to moving on.
They were attending the Country Fanfest in Grantsville over the weekend. Many were survivors from Utah while others traveled up from California.
Schreiber and other survivors told us they weren’t going to let fear stop them from coming.
“Because it’s something that we love and something that we’ve done for years and years,” said Schreiber.
During last years Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas Schreiber was standing in front of a man who was shot. Although he did end up surviving thanks to help from bystanders.
The group told us that experience made it difficult to come this weekkend. Putting on a festival wristband and even walking in the front gate gave them pause.
“It just kind of stuns you for a minute because you don’t know what’s going to happen, you don’t know if it’s going to be like the last one,” said Schreiber.
The survivors said ultimately they had to face the fear of being back at a concert venue. Many told us they were just happy to have music back in their lives.
“It was hard at first but you know you just have to get over your fear and have to just try and put one foot in front of the other,” said Schreiber.
Bracken Hudson is the Festival Director of Country Fanfest. He was glad to see fans coming back to the music they love. He notes the shooting in Las Vegas forced venues like theirs to take more precautions for safety.
“We feel honored that they would want to still come back, and they feel safe and secure knowing that we’ve had increased security measures,” aid Hudson.
Schreiber and other survivors said they plan to travel to Las Vegas in October for the one year anniversary. There are remembrances planned for the city and all involved.