Before Paddock opened fire from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, he attempted to get a room that overlooked the Life Is Beautiful festival, which was held Sept. 22-24 a few miles away, a source revealed to New York Post.
The festival is headlined by Chance the Rapper, with acts such as Lorde, Cage the Elephant and more. Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, was among the early backers of the event since 2011 and has been instrumental in revitalizing Downtown Las Vegas.
In a statement, Las Vegas-based Zappos announced an initiative to raise funds for victims:
“Las Vegas is our home. We are deeply saddened by the events that happened on Sunday night, and we are working to ensure our employees and community are supported during this difficult time. In addition, Zappos is matching donations made on the CrowdRise donation page, up to $1 million, to help support victims and their families.”
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