On October 1, 2017, there was a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. As Jason Aldean took the stage at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, shots rang out. Bullets rained down on concert-goers, injuring 851 and killing 58.
It was an absolutely tragic event, and many people are still feeling the effects of that night a year later. On the one-year anniversary of the shooting, individuals all over the country reflected on the tragedy. Many took to social media to reflect on the devastating night.
Tarek El Moussa, the host of HGTV’s Flip or Flop, is a huge fan of country music, so the shooting shook him to his core. Tarek revealed on Instagram that he had been at the festival that night but left just moments before the shooting began.
He admitted that he wanted to stay at the concert longer, but his friend insisted on leaving. Now Tarek is so grateful his friend pushed him to leave.
Flip or Flop star Tarek El Moussa attended the Route 91 Harvest music festival last year in Las Vegas. He left just moments before Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd.
Now, a year after the event, Tarek took to Instagram to reflect on the event. He wrote:
“Exactly one year ago today I was at Route 91 country concert. I was planning on staying but @robertdrenkwanted to leave.”
“I started walking back into the concert and he grabbed me and made me leave… I think about this a lot. Shortly after, as we all know, was the mass shooting where so many innocent people were taken from earth.”
“I was devastated about the events that occurred. One more step and I was back in the crowd but I got really lucky I was forced to leave.”
“Bad things happen to good people, doesn’t matter who you are. Today be happy for what you have. Be happy to be alive. Smile bigger than ever. Love harder than you have ever loved.”
“Life can change in an instant so be present and enjoy every moment. My heart goes out to all the families affected by this horrific act and they are all in my prayers today.”
The father of two definitely held onto his kids a little tighter when he got home from Las Vegas that weekend.
The day after the massacre, Tarek also took to Instagram to share his thoughts. He shared a #PrayForVegas photo and wrote:
“I was there last night at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in #Vegas. My friend Robert wanted to come home early which we did. My heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.”
“It’s times like this that remind us we need to treat everyday with the importance it deserves. Give your family and friends a hug today and let them know they are safe and loved.”
Tarek’s fans responded to his recent Instagram post with their own thoughts and reflections.
One person wrote: “Amazing message. Today is the the only day you’re guaranteed… be grateful for every second and count your blessings everyday.”
Another person wrote: “Everything happens for a reason. You’re a survivor. Beating cancer, this horrific mass shooting. Fate has something big in store for you man. Keep living and loving those kids of yours.”
A third person commented: “There was an angel watching over all of you that day. My prayers to all families from that day.”
Thank goodness Tarek left the concert when he did — who knows what could have happened otherwise?
Tarek’s post is a good reminder to not take any day for granted.