The Latest: Trump sends thoughts, prayers to Vegas victims

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on events marking the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured more than 850 (all times local):

9:00 a.m.

President Donald Trump is marking the one year anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history as he speaks at the White House on a revamped trade agreement with America’s neighbors.

Trump is sending his “thoughts and prayers” to victims of last year’s Las Vegas shooting, which he called “a horrible, horrible time in the life of our country.”

Trump said Monday from the Rose Garden that, “All of America is grieving for the lives lost and for the families they left behind.”

He adds: “We love you, we are with you. we’re working with you very hard'”

Fifty eight people were killed and hundreds injured when a gunman in a high-rise hotel rained gunfire into a crowd of 22,000 attending an open-air country music concert.

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7:35 a.m.

The chief executive of MGM Resorts International is calling last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas “an unforgettable act of terror.”

Company chairman and CEO Jim Murren said in a statement Monday that the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 850 was a “senseless act of evil.”

MGM owns the Mandalay Bay hotel, where the gunman was when he opened fire into an outdoor concert crowd below on the Las Vegas Strip.

Police and the FBI have not called the shooting a terrorist act or said the Mandalay Bay gunman was linked to a conspiracy. They say he acted alone.

How the event is characterized is important for MGM Resorts because it wants to invoke a federal anti-terrorism law enacted after Sept. 11, 2001, in defense of negligence lawsuits alleging that the casino giant could have prevented the shooting.

In his statement, Murren says that through unity and determination the Oct. 1 anniversary can become a day of healing and hope.

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7:15 a.m.

A somber sunrise remembrance ceremony is underway in Las Vegas at an event that begins a day of memorials on the anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Several hundred people including survivors, families of victims, first-responders and elected officials gathered at an outdoor amphitheater in Las Vegas Monday to hear Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval speak about the 58 people who were killed on Oct. 1, 2017.

He said: “Today we remember the unforgettable. Today, we comfort the inconsolable.”

Sandoval added: “Today, we are reminded of the pain that never really goes away.”

Prayers, songs, speeches and the release of 58 doves as Las Vegas were planned for the a day of memorials and other events.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo is also scheduled to speak at the daybreak event.

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6:10 a.m.

Sunrise is brightening the horizon over Las Vegas, where survivors, victims’ family members, first-responders and elected officials are gathering to mark the anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo are among speakers at a daybreak memorial featuring the release of a flock of doves to honor the 58 people who were killed on Oct. 1, 2017.

Music from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts high school Academy Singers and 58 seconds of silence are scheduled during the remembrance at the Clark County Government Center amphitheater.

The government center also is hosting the Las Vegas Portraits Project. It features artists’ renderings of the people killed at a Route 91 Harvest Festival country music concert.

That display continues through Oct. 19, when the works will be presented to victims’ loved ones.

Las Vegas city officials plan to host a prayer vigil beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the plaza in front of City Hall.

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1:15 a.m.

It’s been a year since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and a scheduled speaker at a sunrise ceremony in Las Vegas is calling it a tragedy of grand scale.

Mynda Smith’s sister was one of 58 people killed when a gunman in a high-rise hotel rained gunfire into a crowd of 22,000 attending an open-air country music concert.

Smith started a scholarship fund for victims’ children and says she reached loved ones of almost all the dead. She says that for some, it may be too soon for hearts to be healed.

Survivors, victims’ family members, first-responders and elected officials will offer prayers, songs, speeches and the release of 58 doves as Las Vegas begins a day of memorials and other events.

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