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Local Idahoan reflects on life one year after surviving Las Vegas massacre

Posted: 7:02 PM, Oct 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-02 18:55:07-04

Monday marks exactly one year since 58 innocent people were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Idaho has multiple survivors who are still trying to cope with the aftermath.

"It seemed like it went on forever. It seemed like it went on forever," said Meridian Resident Scott Freund, who attended the Las Vegas festival last October.

An utterance many survivors echo following not only the most tragic event in their lives, but also one of the most tragic events in our country's history. The night a shooter unleashed a barrage of bullets on thousands of people in attendance at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas, ultimately killing 58 and injuring hundreds of others.

"When he started shooting the bigger caliber guns, obviously it was super loud. It was really loud, it drowned out the music," said Freund.

Scott is a local Idahoan who was visiting Las Vegas for the festival with 15 of his friends, on what should have been a carefree, enjoyable night out.  

"Initially we all had to hit the ground, everyone was hitting the ground because we didn't know where it was coming from," said Freund.

And while Scott and all of his friends were able to escape the massacre mostly unscathed physically, not everyone thought about the emotional impacts that would develop.

"Coming back home, I can say, and for most of my friends, we were still in shock. We thought we were okay, we really didn't think mentally it would affect us. Most of us didn't think it would, but it did," said Freund.

And while an investigation continues, closure is yet to be found.

"I don't know if it would help or not, but it would be nice to hear something," said Freund.

But despite the tragedy, Scott found even just the smallest break in the clouds.

"If there's anything good that I got out of this was, there's a lot of heroes in this world. There was people that ran toward danger and put their lives at stake for other people and it was pretty amazing to see," said Freund.