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Love wins! Two Route 91 shooting survivors engaged, brought together by tragedy

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The night of 1 October, Shawna Bartlett and her now fiancé Steve Cady were mere strangers.

They were brought together by tragedy after a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 country music concert, as Jason Aldean performed.

The gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others.

In the aftermath, Bartlett organized several events to help survivors and their families heal, and she actually met Cady in a Route 91 Facebook support group for singles.

"To think that something like this could even come from that night, it was never anything that I expected or anticipated or even thought could happen,” said Bartlett.

Cady popped the question on April 12 during an All-Star Guitar pull concert and he had the help of 95.5 The Bull, a country music radio station in Las Vegas.

When Barltett got on the stage she thought it was just for a toast to recognize her efforts and all she has done to bring the survivors together, she had no idea Cady was planning on purposing to her.

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"He got down on one knee and asked me to be his beautiful, crazy, forever, which is a Luke Combs song. He was performing that night and he was also on Route 91," Bartlett recalled.

Engraved inside of Bartlett’s engagement ring are the words "make it easy" inspired by Jason Aldean’s new song "You make it easy."

The next night Bartlett actually got to meet Jason Aldean, and she shared with him the story of her engagement.

"It's amazing what's come from that night, and how all of us are allowing ourselves not to dwell on the tragedy and the evil, we're dwelling more on the positivity and the love that's come out of it," said Bartlett.

Bartlett says she plans to get married in April of 2019 and she hopes to have the wedding in Las Vegas.

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