WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - People here in the Triad are also mourning the victims who've died, and those still fighting for their lives.
In Winston-Salem, an up-and-coming country music artist knew what he had to do: stand strong and play as scheduled at the Dixie Classic Fair. William Michael Morgan was one of the few acts that did not back out of performing at the fair Monday.
Morgan, like so many others, is still in disbelief over what happened in Las Vegas. He says it does worry him, and makes him more hesitant to get up on stage in front of a crowd. However, he says there's no other option but to keep going.
“I don't know what more to say than that I'm just praying for all those people that were hurt, and all the people that were involved, and their families. You know…I hate that. I could not imagine that,” Morgan said.
The scene the world woke up to was devastating. More than 50 people were killed and hundreds were seriously hurt after bullets rained down over a music festival in Las Vegas Sunday.
At the Dixie Classic Fair – the young country took the stage less than 24 hours later, shaken by what he saw, but strong in his determination to show evil will not win.
“We can't let it…we can't let it interfere,” he said, “We just got to keep going strong and play the music to the people – that's what heals, it's the music.”
“Unfortunately it's those terrorists and those people that commit such crimes who are trying to prevent you and scare you from doing things you love,” said country fan Rachael Campbell.
The people in the crowd may be a little more cautious now, but the fans at the fair say they won't let it keep them scared at home.
“We’re a family, a country music family…we're all one,” said Patrick Lancaster.
Morgan says he's performed with Jason Aldean, the artist who was playing last night when the shooting started. He, along with many others, say they're praying for everyone affected - the families, friends and first responders.
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