Today is an anniversary which no one will celebrate.
The Los Angeles Times reports that
Marquees at resorts along the Las Vegas Strip will go dark Monday at about the time a year ago when a gunman began a shooting rampage that left 58 people dead and hundreds more injured.
As locals and visitors alike remember the massacre, two new memorials serve as vivid, tangible tributes to the 58 people who died.
Work has been underway at the Community Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas, transforming a temporary memorial into a permanent remembrance.
The garden, quickly created in the aftermath of the shooting, is now enhanced with features such as a large pair of angel’s wings. The initials of all the victims have been etched into the stone.
What began as a local landscaper’s tribute to those who died has been further developed in recent days.
Placed amid 58 trees planted last October, a compelling message is etched into a rock-and-wood memorial containing photos of many of the victims.
“October 1, 2017 changed Las Vegas forever,” it begins. “This time, we are a community pushed back with a very deliberate act …. Together we planted a garden not only of trees and flowers, but we planted a garden of love, hope and compassion.”
The garden, at 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd., will be dedicated Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Marquees along the Strip will go dark at 10:01 p.m. in a tribute that will last several minutes. The iconic signs also went dark on Oct 8, 2017, one week following the horrific tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
At 10:05 p.m., the time at which the first shots rang out, the names of the 58 victims will be read at the Community Healing Garden.
The Las Vegas Police formally closed their investigation of the Las Vegas Massacre at the beginning of August.
However, this old college radio news director still believes that there is something awfully fishy about the closing of the investigation of the Las Vegas Massacre.
There were all sorts of leads out there in the beginning of the investigation.
For instance, Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was a “person of interest”.
According to Fox News…
Danley’s LinkedIn profile reportedly listed her as working as a “high limit hostess” at Atlantis Casino in Reno between 2010 and 2013. The casino told the Reno Gazette-Journal it was cooperating in the investigation.
An Australian newspaper, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, reported Monday that Danley was an “Australian citizen originally from the Philippines.”
The newspaper said they believe she left the home she shared with Paddock in Mesquite, Nevada, around two weeks ago to head to the Philippines.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said American authorities contacted the country after the shooting for help trying to track down Danley.
“They did make inquiries of our authorities about her whereabouts, but she is no longer a person of interest,” Bishop told Channel Seven, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Multiple media outlets have reported that Danley’s now-deleted Facebook page identified her as a “proud mom and grandma who lives life to the fullest.”
She previously was married to Arkansas resident Geary Danley, until the pair divorced in 2015.
A person listed as her witness in the divorce records insisted Danley isn’t connected with Paddock’s behavior.
“She had nothing to do with this psycho,” the man, who was not identified, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “The poor lady, she is in the Philippines visiting family.”
Authorities have said Paddock has no links to international terrorist groups, despite ISIS claiming him as “a soldier” who converted to Islam months ago, The Associated Press reported.
As I was gathering information after the massacre, the words “radicalization” and “The Philippines” piqued my curiosity.
On June 15, 2017, in an op-ed titled “How ISIS Grew in the Philippines”, The New York Times’ Editorial Board wrote that…
While President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was bragging about his brutal war on drugs, the Islamic State was consolidating its sway over Islamist rebel groups on the island of Mindanao. The extent to which ISIS has succeeded is now alarmingly evident, as a pitched battle between Philippine troops and Islamist militants for control of the largely Muslim city of Marawi enters its fourth week.
With the presence of foreign fighters, including Malaysians and Indonesians, who are working alongside militant leaders with strong ties to ISIS, Mr. Duterte has a serious problem on his hands that threatens the security of the entire region.
The news on Wednesday that, in addition to American military advisers and intelligence assistance, United States troops are now on the ground in Marawi raises the stakes. Mr. Duterte, who has threatened to eject American forces from his country, said Sunday that he was unaware of the presence of military assistance in Marawi. In fact, the Pentagon has no permanent presence in the Philippines, but for years has kept 50 to 100 Special Forces troops in the south of the country on rotational exercises. Despite Mr. Duterte’s hostility to America, his army has close ties to the Pentagon, values its help against the extremists and has resisted Mr. Duterte’s efforts to expel the Americans.
Let’s look at three facts, and, just for a moment, take them at face value, boys and girls.
- Marilou Danley was originally from the Philippines. ISIS and the Deterte Government are presently locked in a battle for the sovereignty of the Philippines.
- The Las Vegas Shooter, Stephen Paddock, had been sending copious amounts of money overseas, including $100,000 shortly before that fateful night. And, a photo of he and Ms. Danley sitting with another woman in the Philippines surfaced shortly after the massacre.
- As I stated earlier, Marilou Danley was a “Person of Interest” early in the investigation while Paddock was being investigated for possible Islamic Radicalization.
The additional facts that came out concerning the meticulous planning required to stage Paddock’s perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel are as follows:
It was something that required time, effort, and coordination. It was not something that could have been accomplished shortly after a “psychotic break”. This was not a spur-of-the-moment action.
Paddock was a millionaire. He had the monetary means to gather every bit of the firearms found in his perch.
He was an accountant, a job which requires you to be meticulous.
His girlfriend was from an area of the world which is in the process of losing its cultural identity and land masses to the Radical Islamists of ISIS.
Now, I may be way off base, but there is so much that we do not know compared to what we do know.
Like you and millions of others, I am still just trying to make sense of the brutal, senseless massacre. which occurred on that fateful Sunday night in Las Vegas.
The conclusions of the investigation simply do not match the intricacy of the meticulous planning, and the physical set up of the crime scene, which was highlighted by two gun platforms.
There are too many questions left unanswered.
Of course, Stephen Paddock could have just been an out-of-control grieving Hillary Supporter or a Far Left Member of Antifa.
But, then again…
Until He Comes,