On Sunday night in Las Vegas, at a country music festival, 59 people were killed and 527 people were injured in the worst mass shooting in US history. Several royals have issued statements of condolence for the tragic, unnecessary loss of life.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima issued this statement through Facebook:
“Senseless violence has taken the lives of dozens of people in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with the victims, and with all those who are still unsure of the fate of their loved ones. Las Vegas is in mourning. We feel a deep connection with this stricken city.”
Queen Elizabeth II sent out this message:
“Prince Philip and I were saddened to learn of the terrible attack in Las Vegas. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and those who have been injured.”
King Carl Gustaf sent this message:
“The Queen and I have, with profound sadness, followed the news of the brutal mass shooting in Las Vegas. We extend our sincere condolences and our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and to the American people.”
The Belgian Embassy’s Twitter account tweeted the King sent a condolence letter to the White House “wishing strength and courage to all affected by the terrible Las Vegas shooting”, but I cannot find a press release of it on the Belgian monarchy’s website or social media accounts.
As of time of posting, these are the only royal statements on the massacre, but I will update the post if more are released.
If you would like to read more about the attack, you can do so here. Here is an article about the people who were killed who have been identified. And here is an article about a woman who was killed and a man’s attempt to find her after she went to the hospital. I couldn’t get through these without crying.
The Las Vegas Clark County Commission Chair has set up a Go Fund Me page to support the victims and their families. So far, they’ve raised $8.2 million. Lauri sent in a link to a Go Fund Me page for a man who was injured in the attack. My heart aches for everyone who was killed or injured, and for their families and friends; for everyone who knows someone who was killed or injured; and for all of us. These mass attacks have become so prevalent in the last few years and it’s terrifying, so cyber hugs to all of you guys.
As a PS only because no royals have issued statements about the devastation in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria: If you would like to support Puerto Rico, you can do so here.