Las Vegas shooting survivor says she was saved by Marine she met hours earlier

first_img Published: October 3, 2017 9:53 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Las Vegas shooting survivor says she was saved by Marine she met hours earlier LAS VEGAS (CBS) Renee Cesario met Brendan Kelly just two hours before country music star Jason Aldean took the stage at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas Sunday.She had no idea that unexpected meeting may have saved her life.Renee invited Brendan to attend the concert with her and her friends, who all traveled from Riverside County, California, for the weekend music festival.As Aldean was finishing up his set, the pair moved closer to the stage. They had just started to dance when they heard what sounded like fireworks.“It stopped, and Jason Aldean kept playing but then the shots fired again and he ran off the stage,” Renee described in a Facebook post that has been shared by more than 130,000 people since it was posted Monday. “Before I knew what was going on, Brendan tackled me down to the ground and covered me from the fire.”While shielding Renee from the gunfire, Brendan, a 21-year-old U.S. Marine, assesd the situation. Within minutes, the shooting seemed to pause.“We have to get out of here. We can’t stay here. It’s not safe,” he yelled to 23-year-old Renee, lending a hand to get her back on her feet.The pair ran for safety — with Brendan leading the way.“He kept telling me it was going to be okay and to keep running until we were safe,” Renee said.At 10:30 p.m. Renee’s sister, Jenn, got a phone call from their dad, who was also at the concert — but not with his daughter. He told her there was a “massive shooting,” he was hiding behind a car and that he couldn’t reach Renee.“My sister wasn’t answering her phone,” Jenn, 25, told CBS News. “I thought she was dead.”Then she got a text message from an unknown number. It was from her sister on Brendan’s phone. She explained how she lost her cell while running.“When we finally were able to talk I felt a huge relief that her voice was on the other line, and she wasn’t hurt,” Jenn said. “I still get completely sick not knowing if she was going to stay safe.”Renee explained how they escaped the deadly mass shooting thanks to Brendan’s bravery and selflessness.“Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for taking care of my sister…seriously,” Jenn texted Brendan later that night.“Absolutely, that’s what we do, take care of our own and those around us,” Brendan replied. “Glad I could be there for her in that crazy time.”Thanks to Brendan, Jenn says her sister is home safe and resting.“Her legs and arms are pretty beat up, but she is alive,” Jenn said.Brendan has not yet responded to CBS News’ request for comment, but close friends of the Marine say they aren’t surprised by his quiet heroism.“He’s not that type of Marine…he doesn’t seek attention, recognition, or fame,” Chance Wilk, a fellow Marine and friend of Brendan, commented online. “He does it because he’s a genuinely good guy and American hero.”last_img read more


first_imgChristmas Message 2010by Most Rev Philip Boyce, OCDBishop of Raphoe A prayer to Him on whom our hopes depend“Come let us adore Him.” The very songs we sing at Christmas time invite us to prayer and adoration. Our children look in wonderment at the crib. We are all urged to kneel and say a prayer. And indeed at this year’s Christmas, we feel more than ever the need to say a prayer and ask for help.Our country and our people are passing through a most challenging time. A financial crisis has brought much hardship. Many fear the prospect of losing their job. Many cannot get employment. Families struggle to make ends meet, pay debts, put food on the table and get their children educated. Emigration is once again a reality for many younger people. It is easy to be demoralised and anxious.“The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. On this truth all our hopes for the future depend” (cf. Blessed John Henry Newman). Now is the time for hope and solidarity. Rather than simply criticise and lay blame, let us do something positive to help. Irish people have always shown a positive spirit of resilience and generosity in the face of repeated disasters and challenges. Now is the time to help a neighbour and to be generous with the little we have. The Society of St. Vincent De Paul needs our help more than ever.In the God who made himself a Child for us, we all feel loved and welcomed. We discover that our life is precious in His eyes. Since God’s incarnate Son himself was carried in Mary’s womb and became a child, it follows that the life of every child is precious from the first moment of its conception in its mother’s womb. For each one is a masterpiece of God’s making.Again the Nativity scene impresses on our minds the horror of any abuse against children, be it verbal, emotional or sexual. Let us always protect and safeguard our children, for “in heaven their angels always behold the face of the Father who is in heaven” (cf. Mt. 18:11).The mystery we celebrate at Christmas invites us to prayer. It really means that God has come near us. He raises our dignity as human beings, and makes us all brothers and sisters. Before this mystery, we kneel and wonder. In order to pray we do not need much worldly comfort. There was not much of it in the cave at Bethlehem. But, in all circumstances, prayer gives us peace and serenity and hope, in the midst of difficulties.The Bishops of Ireland have asked for certain days of prayer to be held so as to obtain grace and strength for everyone in these difficult times of national crisis. The first one of these days of prayer, is Sunday, 2nd January, 2011, on which you are asked to say a special prayer for our country and its people. May you all experience some of the Lord’s peace of heart, serenity and joy and nearness to God in the days of Christmas.A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FOR DONEGAL, BY MOST REV PHILIP BOYCE was last modified: December 25th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more