One tree times 59, one for each victim of Sunday’s Las Vegas gun massacre. This Healing Garden sprouted in less than a day with donated materials and volunteers.
“I’m busting my best to help them because those lifes matter, and that’s all it’s about it’s nothing, but love.”
Working here helps Alexander Zorensky forget the horrors of that night.“I was just helping people, just not get trampled.”Memories are still raw like the call to his parents, after driving the first victims to the hospital.“Hey, I’m alive. And I was able to help a lot of people that weren’t like me and my friends.”
The saying among these groundskeepers is he who plants a tree plants hope. The tree of life is the gardens centerpiece.
“Visitors here will create their own ceramic tile, which will be placed on top of the concrete a huge heart. That means everyone will have helped to put the heart of Las Vegas back together again.”
And these local landscapers aren’t the only ones donating ingredients for healing.The Mexican Restaurant Nacho Daddy is known for its scorpion shots, a real scorpion in a shot of tequila.But now it’s famous for delivering 1,000 free meals to first responders and victims families.
“Would you like the food drops where you want to take food to them, and then separately it was like this first respinders got the word out that like‘hey you know if you’re hungry just take a load off come in here and we’ll feed you and your family’.”
On Thursday police released the bodies from the concert crime scene to their families.Now loved ones are faced with another burden planning a burial.Funeral director Ryan Bowen is donating free cremation services,he also created a GoFundMe page raising money for victims families to use at any funeral home.
“Oh, these are my people. I mean this is my town. This tragedy has and you know what I don’t want to call it a tragedy. I’m not call to crime because it’s exactly what it was. This crime has impacted every single person in this town.”
Many businesses around Las Vegas are chipping in. Some services are for today or to last into next week. Others will grow to provide healing for a lifetime, which many in this city will need.
Carolyn Presutti VOA News Las Vegas Nevada.