The Killers' Brandon Flowers Shares Statement on Las Vegas Shooting: "I'm Devastated for My Community"

The Killers' Brandon Flowers Shares Statement on Las Vegas Shooting: "I'm Devastated for My Community"
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Fifty-nine people were killed and approximately 515 people were injured after a gunman opened fire at Las Vegas' Route 91 Harvest festival this past Sunday (October 1). A number of artists have expressed condolences in the wake of the attack, and Killers frontman Brandon Flowers is the latest to share a statement of his own.

Flowers was born in Henderson, NV, a city 25 kilometres southeast of Las Vegas, in 1981. In his statement shared via the Killers' Facebook page, Flowers revealed he had flown over the city on a return flight from Australia Sunday evening.

"It's hard to believe it's real. My prayers go out to those whose lives were taken and to everyone else affected by this nightmare. I'm devastated for my community and for all of the people who gather together to see live music," he wrote.

"Some of the happiest moments of my life have happened at concerts. They are a rite of passage, a holy communion, or just the kind of escape from the stress and the grind of daily life that so many people need," Flowers continued. "My heart swells when I hear the stories of people putting their lives on the line to help each other — defying the stereotypes of what people say Las Vegas is all about. We're all long lost brothers and sisters. I miss my town, I miss my mom, I miss these victims I didn't even know, but I look forward to getting together with you real soon to keep their memory alive."

The Killers recently delivered their fifth studio LP Wonderful Wonderful. Find Flowers' complete statement below.