Las Vegas Massacre Survivors Who Hid Together In Freezer Recount How They Fell In Love

by Caralynn Lippo
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The Las Vegas massacre was a national tragedy. It affected the lives of so many people, both survivors of the shooting and those its victims left behind.

But for one pair of survivors, that horrible day eventually paved the way to an incredible love story.

Bryan Hopkins, the lead singer of the country group Elvis Monroe, was one of the many Las Vegas shooting heroes who helped save others that day. When he heard shots fired, he ushered dozens of panicked people into a walk-in freezer to hide from the gunman.

One of those dozens of people was Nicole Ruffino.

According to Inside Edition, Nicole and Bryan had met only moments before the shooting, when she recognized the singer and asked him to take a selfie with her.

Despite being virtual strangers, Bryan instinctively went out of his way to grab her hand and bring her to safety with the others.

“I always think what would have happened if he didn’t grab my hand,” Nicole told Inside Edition.

After making it out of the freezer, the two bonded over their shared trauma. Nicole recounted how Bryan would call her “at all hours of the day and night” if he suffered from nightmares stemming from the event and how she would do the same.

Within a year, their bond grew, and they eventually fell in love.

“Out of something so horrible, we found each other,” Bryan said.

Check out the video below for more on their heartwarming and inspiring love story.

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