When I heard the news about the Las Vegas shootings, my first thought was to check on my friend and former boss Kevin Kearney, who hired me at Catch a Rising Star in Princeton before he moved out west. Kevin told me about his roommate Sean, a VIP concierges who was in the front row at the Jason Aldean concert when the shooting started.

"People started dropping around him getting hit by gunfire," Kearney says the backpack he gave Sean to take to the show came back covered in blood. "First Sean yelled at Aldean so he knows to get off stage, he then ran backstage and got a bunch of people over a security fence that was backstage. He got a lot of people who were in harm's way out of harm's way quickly."

Photo from Kevin Kearney
Photo from Kevin Kearney

Kevin says the local reaction is shock followed by "how could this happen here?" Kearney personally feels horrible about what's happened in the town where he now makes his home. "It's killing me because for the most part this is a wonderful town that everybody comes to and has a great time. Let me tell you this, I was here for 911 and we got through that, and we're gonna get through this and we're gonna come back stronger because that's how our system works."

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