Vegas church comes together in memory of the victims of the Sunday-night shooting

Posted at 8:06 AM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 11:29:11-04

Kern County was heavily impacted by the shooting that took place at a music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday.

As if Monday night, the deaths of 20-year-old Bailey Schweitzer, 55-year-old Victor Link and Jack Beaton were confirmed by family.

Early on Tuesday, a fourth victim was confirmed. 27-year-old Kelsey Meadows was last seen at the concert and her family rushed to Las Vegas as soon as they heard of the shooting.

Schweitzer was standing with her mother when she was shot, news Pastor Jim Crews didn't want to hear. 

"They're daughter is healthy. She was just at a concert last night... it just feels like a nightmare," Pastor Crews said.

The family attended a candle-light vigil at VBF's Las Vegas campus on Monday. Pastor Crews said he was able to pray with the family of the Centennial High graduate and the two other Kern County families who had lost a loved one.

"There were more Bakersfield people involved in last night's incident than our church's in Las Vegas heart hurts," he said.

Beaton shielded his wife from gunfire and saved her life. Link also caught in the middle of the barrage of gunfire.

More than 50 Kern County residents attended the Route 91 music festival, including Lisa Price and Faustino Gonzales who recalled the moments they realized they were in the direct path of gunfire.

Gonzales grabbed his girlfriend's hand and getting them to safety.

"He said 'we can't stay here, we have to go.' Thank God for him because I just panicked, I stood there and froze," Price said.

Pastor Crews offered the Kern County families who lost a loved one and beyond a prayer.

"Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome evil by doing good, that's really what I'm standing on as we move through this darkness," he said.