Casino operator MGM Resorts International is donating two acres of land near Reno Avenue and Giles Street in Las Vegas to build a memorial to honor the victims and survivors of the 2017 massacre that killed 58 people and injured hundreds.

News of the donation came after a specially created October 1 Memorial Committee asked the public to submit online views on how the memorial should look like by August 15.

In March, the committee launched an initial poll that found that a majority of respondents, 65% of the 6,066 surveyed, want a planned permanent memorial to be installed at the site of the ghastly Las Vegas Boulevard incident.

As a reminder, this incident, now known as the deadliest shooting in modern American history, occurred on the night of October 1, 2017, when a lone gunman fired 22,000 spectators at the Route 91 Harvest music festival from his 32nd floor room in resort complex with Mandalay Bay casino managed by MGM. The shooter’s motives were never known by the police.

At the time, the property was owned by MGM. It sold it to the Blackstone Group last year, along with MGM Grand, and leased it back with an original annual rent of $ 292 million.

It is also worth noting that the company owns the Las Vegas Village festival site, where Route 91 Harvest took place. MGM donated the northeast corner of the site.

The donation from the casino operator came almost a year after reaching an agreement to pay $ 800 million to victims and relatives of the victims of the shooting. More than 4,000 survivors and relatives of the victims have sued MGM, accusing the company of negligence, death by wrongdoing and responsibility for the incident, and failure to take proper security measures.

The next step towards the construction of a permanent memorial is that the Memorial Committee on October 1 will collect the materials of the ongoing research and make a final recommendation. The Clark County Commission must then approve the recommendation.

The Committee encourages the participation in the survey of all those directly or indirectly affected by the shooting, including survivors, family members of the injured and survivors, first aiders and medical workers.

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