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December 17, 2017

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Donations for victims continue to accumulate, including $3 million from MGM

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Christopher DeVargas

A memorial to honor the victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival is set up by members of the community on the corner of Sahara and Las Vegas Blvd, Tuesday Oct. 3, 2017.

Vigils for Mass Shooting Victims

Many gather in prayer as the city of Las Vegas and Clark County host a prayer vigil for the victims of Sunday nights shooting on the Las Vegas Strip at Mountain Crest Park on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.   . Launch slideshow »

MGM Resorts International is committing $3 million to aid victims of Sunday’s mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

The donation, which will be made through the MGM Resorts Foundation, is to fund humanitarian assistance to the victims and to organizations who provide support to those who are first on the scene to assist in traumatic events, according to a statement.

“There are simply no words to express our grief and outrage over this senseless and horrific attack on our community,” Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, said in a statement. “Yet in this devastating time, we are inspired. From the heroic stories of victims on the ground who placed the safety of strangers and loved ones before themselves, to the incredible bravery of first responders who rushed in when others were rushing out and who surely lessoned the damage, to the knowledge of so many good and incomplete works done by those we lost — we are collectively drawing strength and faith to meet the difficult days ahead.”

Stations Casinos and the UFC also each contributed $1 million.

“We were deeply saddened by the news of the devastating event that occurred in Las Vegas,” said Frank J. Fertitta III, chairman and CEI of the company. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as the countless others inside and outside of our community whose lives were affected by this horrific and senseless act.”

Online retailer Zappos will match up to $1 million donated toward its fundraising drive. It raised $125,000 in less than one day after launching.

These donations are separate from a GoFundMe page established by Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak that’s reached $8.6 million. Sisolak donated the initial $10,000 Monday, with a goal of $500,000, but that plateau was quickly established. More than 67,000 donations have been taken, coming from all corners of the world.

“We’re grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received from our community,” Sisolak said.