Taylor Benge went to the Jason Aldean concert as an agnostic on Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. He walked away as a “full-fledged” believer in God after her survived the deadliest mass shooting in the history of U.S, FaithWire reports.
“I was agnostic going into that concert and I’m a firm believer in God now,” Benge said to CNN the day after the massacre. “Because there’s no way that all of that happened and that I made it and I was blessed enough to still be here alive talking to you today.”
Benge attended the concert with his sister, who risked her own life to save her brother. He said his sister survived as well, and it’s something that will remain with him forever.
“My sister and I, we started running to the left and every time they shot, we took cover. My sister, being as noble as she, she actually threw herself on top of me and was saying, ‘I love you Taylor, I love you.’ And I’ll never forget that.”
Watch the interview below.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, at least 58 people were killed and another 500 injured after the gunman, identified as 64-year-old, Stephen Paddock, shot into the crowd with what authorities believe to be an assault rifle. SWAT teams used explosives to get inside Paddock’s hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. The suspect was found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds when authorities found him.
Authorities are calling the traumatic incident a “lone wolf” attack. So far, the motive is unknown.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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