America was shaken on October 1st, when Stephen Paddock shot and killed nearly 60 people and injured more than 515 people in Las Vegas—now the deadliest shooting in history. After the 64-year-old gunman opened fire from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay, too many loved ones were lost, leaving hearts broken across the nation.
The attack was aimed below at a country music festival, containing several parents, couples, friends, and children. Paddock shot and killed himself before authorities arrived at his location.
Since the mass murder, many heartbreaking stories have come forward. One victim from California, Andrea Castillo, was attending the festival with her boyfriend and sister to celebrate her 28th birthday.
Not to her knowledge, her boyfriend Derek Miller, was planning to propose to her that weekend. Sadly, before he got the chance to pop the question, shots were fired and the three were scrambling to get to safety. Before they knew it, Andrea was struck in the head by a bullet, which left them with only one option—prayer to "get out of there."
According to NBC New York, a stranger rushed them all to the hospital, hoping to save Andrea. Unfortunately, she passed away, however, her sister and boyfriend are thankfully safe and healthy.
Andrea’s sister Athena, who lives in Vegas, gave People more insight into their relationship, “[Derek] told me, ‘I was planning on asking her this weekend with you guys...We talked about spending the rest of our lives together.’ ”
Another family member revealed, “They had promise rings, and they always talked about it. Derek had asked my dad’s permission. He wanted to start a family with her.”
Derek described his girlfriend as a “true dreamer.” She was competitive, passionate, and loved helping others, especially after losing her mother to cancer several years ago.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs. Please click on the link below if you would like to contribute.
Other heartwarming stories include an MLB prospect for his heroic actions during the shooting and a former agnostic who shared his unbelievable revelation with the world. As Christians, we have faith that even in dark times, God is present. We may not understand why or how, but the Bible tells us that God uses all events for good.
Please keep this family in your prayers and continue to pray for all those affected by the Las Vegas massacre. In related news, a former pop star shamed the red cross following the Vegas attack.