SUU holds vigil for Las Vegas victims as student recovers in hospital

Southern Utah

CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- For Southern Utah University the Las Vegas shooting was too close to home. With Vegas just a little more than two hours away, several students at the university made the trip for the Route 91 Harvest Festival. 

SUU President Scott Wyatt said at least one student was injured and is in the hospital recovering. 

“Many of our students have friends who were killed or injured Sunday evening. We had some of our employees in Las Vegas that night as well. We don’t as yet know the full impact of the event on our community,” he said in a post on the university’s website.

As a result, the SUU Care and Support Team have organized a vigil on the business quad of the university  Wednesday.

Hundreds of people turned out for the event. The university wants people to stand together and honor all of those whose lives were taken, their families and the survivors affected by this tragedy.

The university said “we are stronger together.”

During the vigil, the crowd held a moment of silence, signed posters with messages of hope and lit candles to honor the victims and those impacted by shooting.

Tuesday, officials announced Heather Alvarado from Cedar City was one of the victims in the attack. There will be counseling available at the vigil for those who need to sort out their feelings and talk to someone about the incident.

For those wanting to help, there are two blood drives in Cedar City on Thursday. Click here for more information.

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