Kacey Musgraves Calls Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting ‘a Disgusting and Appalling Shame’
As the country awoke to news of a mass shooting at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nev., early Monday morning (Oct. 2), Kacey Musgraves joined with many other artists in sending out messages of love and support. Musgraves' tweet expresses prayers for the country music community, and wishes that "whatever drives this evil can be f--king crushed."
"Such a disgusting and appalling shame that fear of something like what happened tonight in Vegas now has so much effect on me and all of us when we're up there doing our jobs, spreading something as innocent as the joy of music," Musgraves writes on Twitter. "Gonna hug my loved ones a little tighter now."
Musgraves was not a performer at the 2017 Route 91 Music Festival; however, throughout 2016, she joined fellow Texan George Strait to perform during his residency in Sin City. Musgraves has performed at Route 91 in years past.
Country Stars Respond Following Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting
The shooting at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival took place just after 10PM Las Vegas time on Sunday (Oct. 1), while headliner Jason Aldean was performing onstage in front of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. At least 58 people are dead and more than 500 were wounded in the shooting.
Other artists who performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival include Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne and Luke Combs. The event ran Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
In a televised statement on Monday, President Donald Trump praised Las Vegas police and first responders for their quick response to the shooting. Trump also ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims.
Remembering the Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting Victims