Survivors of Route 91 massacre return to give thanks, continue recovery

Debbie Browning of California dons a "survivor" scarf. (KSNV)

Four people from Southern California who escaped the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting returned Wednesday to the concert venue.

They chose to visit Las Vegas for the Thanksgiving holiday to retrace their steps from the night of Oct. 1.

“That night there were nine of us together out here, and had all been separated just before Jason Aldean came on,” says Debbie Browning.

In the chaos that followed her son, Jacob, was shot in the arm.

They say they are haunted by countless memories and that returning is one way to conquer them, part of their emotional recovery.

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“There seemed like a million people running out— the number of police officers that were running towards the gunfire, my heart was broken that that was somebody else’s son or husband or dad,” she said.

Returning to the scene of the tragedy is also a chance to honor 58 fellow concertgoers who didn’t survive.

“We bless those families that aren’t as thankful — as thankful as we can be this Thanksgiving,” says Browning.

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