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Nashville, country stars come together at vigil for Las Vegas shooting

Amy Grant joins hands with Vince Gill to lead the crowd in prayer at a vigil following the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night. (WZTV)

The city of Nashville will host a vigil for the Las Vegas shooting victims with the help of some country music stars on Monday night.

Around 250 people packed into the Ascend Amphitheater. The vigil was hosted in conjunction with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation and Country Music Association. It featured performances by Keith Urban, Amy Grant, Vince Gill and Allison Krauss.

Vince Gill was the first special guest on stage and took time to remember those killed and hurt as well as their families before performing.

“Honored to be here as a voice for the innocent- may we never lose our voice, may we never lose our voice for innocent people,” Gill said.

Shortly after, Amy Grant joined hands with Gill on stage and lead the crowd in a prayer.

"Thank you God, for your loving arms that we’re there to catch every fallen child man and woman," Grant prayed. "Thank you for presence that never leaves us,”

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry also spoke to the crowd, saying this is the second week in a row Nashville has come together for a vigil on a Monday night after a mass shooting.

“I’m reminded over the last two months that the counter weight to grief is community, and that is what Nashville does so well,” Barry said.

She introduced Keith Urban, who described talking to his young children about the shooting. Urban performed 'Bridge over troubled waters' for the crowd.

Attendees struggled to find the right words to talk about the shooting.

"Spechelss. Stunning," Pattee Williams said. "My heart goes out to everybody. I have friends from Long Island who are waiting to hear about their kids who were shot."

Williams said it's been hard to wrap her head around what happened but is happy to be able to come out to share the love and healing with the community.

"The country artists in our town are the most humbling, beautiful people," Williams said. "At a drop of a hat, they’re there for anybody and cause."

“It happened in Vegas, but it feels like it happened in our backyard because it feels so close to home right,” Kendall Johnson said. "We just pray and just be there for each other because that’s the only thing we can do at this point."

Watch the full vigil below.


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