Vegas native Brandon Flowers shares emotional statement on shooting

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has shared a statement regarding the devastating mass shooting that occurred Sunday night in his hometown of Las Vegas.

In a statement posted to the band’s Facebook, Flowers, who describes himself as a “Vegas boy”, writes that he flew over his hometown the night of the shooting while on a flight from Australia.

“Forehead to the window I looked down on Las Vegas and felt a prick of nostalgia,” says Flowers. “I thought about my mother buried below, I thought about my friends in Henderson, and I even traced Flamingo road down to where it meets the 95 and pin pointed my high school, Chaparral.”

“I could see the city as a whole, but I couldn’t look close enough to see what was about to unfold,” he continues. “It’s hard to believe it’s real. My prayers go out to those whose lives were taken and to everyone else affected by this nightmare.”

Flowers adds that he’s “devastated” for the Las Vegas community, writing that “My heart swells when I hear the stories of people putting their lives on the line to help each other — defying the stereotypes of what people say Las Vegas is all about.”

He concludes, “I miss my town, I miss my mom, I miss these victims I didn’t even know, but I look forward to getting together with you real soon to keep their memory alive.”

The shooting, which occurred during a country music festival, left 59 people dead and over 500 injured.

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