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UNLV pauses to remember victims of Strip shooting

A remembrance ceremony is taking place on the campus of UNLV. Students and faculty are honoring the victims of the 1 October shooting in Las Vegas. (Kelsey Thomas | KSNV)

The UNLV campus paused Thursday to honor the 58 victims of the tragic shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

During the emotional remembrance ceremony, student and campus leaders recognized the response of UNLV campus community members.

It was also a time to reflect and honor those from the UNLV family who lost their lives or were injured during the shooting.

A bullet fired from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hit UNLV assistant hockey coach Nick Robone in the chest.

“Every day we have a choice how we’re going to live our life. Unfortunately, 58 beautiful innocent lives don’t have that choice any longer,” said Robone. “Personally, I’m going to remember the good, rather than evil, the heroes rather than the coward."

Karessa Royce was shot in the shoulder during the tragedy.

“I’m thankful that in the midst of one man doing his worst, I saw it bring out the best in so many,” said Royce. “I’m here today because someone was more focused on saving my life, instead of protecting her own."

UNLV President Len Jessup said students and staff offered comfort, support, and compassion to many survivors in the days following the shooting.

“Your actions once again epitomize all that is good about this university. Our campus has shown the world that we are indeed, Vegas strong,” said Jessup.

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