Mass shooting survivors gather for potluck healing in Henderson

Survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting gather Saturday, November 25, 2017, for a potluck dinner at the Henderson Events Center. (Corwin Hall/KSNV)

For survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival massacre on Oc. 1, a Thanksgiving potluck means a chance to heal with others who understand.

Stacie Armentrout, one of the hosts of the dinner Saturday night at the Henderson Events Center, said survivors were invited from social media interfaces that exist. People helped prepare six turkeys for about 100 people who sat down around tables to talk.

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Armentrout said when she started to put the event together, it really sunk in that while many people have moved on, survivors still struggle.

"We are still healing; we are not there yet," Armentrout said.

Lee Dorchak, who was shot in the leg, flew in from Michigan. He said he is most thankful for living to see his son get his acceptance letter to college. This is his second trip to Las Vegas since the shooting. He plans to meet survivors in Denver after he leaves Las Vegas on Tuesday.

"Put names to faces, stories together, laugh together, remember the good times before all this chaos started," Dorchak said.

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Armentrout said this is the type of bond that will never be broken. As Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end, there's still a long road ahead.

This is the first of many holidays to come without 58 beloved people who died that night.

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