In The News: Department of Psychology
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre, we are seeing signs of trauma and healing.
A UNLV researcher is using the mass shooting in Las Vegas to study whether certain personality types may be more vulnerable to trauma than others.
Oct. 8, 10:03 p.m. “Sweet dreams beautiful girls,” Anna Kopp wrote in a Facebook message to four women with whom she fled the storm of bullets that rained down over the Route 91 Harvest festival a week earlier.
It’s been more than two weeks since a shooter killed 58 people and wounded 546 others at a country music concert outside Mandalay Bay.
“You never think it’ll happen to you. You see these horrific events on TV and try to imagine how you would react, or how you would survive, or IF you would survive,” wrote Brianna Hicks, a 22-year-old local who was at the Route 91 Harvest festival on Oct. 1 when bullets tore into the crowd.
Confusion, fear and grief gripped UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center in the hours following the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Paddock, described as a retiree who loved to gamble and lived with his girlfriend, 62-year-old Marilou Danley, killed 59 and left 527 others injured. It wasn't clear whether Paddock fired any of the illuminated bullets during the massacre. The transaction was made and 600 rounds of tracer bullets were sold to Paddock.
A chain of solidarity was formed to help people affected by the massacre.
A small healing park was opened in northern Las Vegas, as part of citizen efforts to heal the wounds left in the city by the fatal shooting last Sunday.
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock killed Sunday 58 people and injured nearly 500 others. But he has also traumatized a whole city, which now seeks to relieve his anguish.
The creators of a remembrance garden in north Las Vegas have invited people to leave messages and reflect as the city tries to process its grief.
One of its creators, landscape architect Mark Hamalmann, said it is a "remembrance garden," featuring 58 trees planted along a small paved walkway. In the middle, there is a large oak tree representing the "tree of life," while American flags adorn a wooden fence.