Chandler survivors hold concert benefit for Las Vegas shooting victims

Two local survivors of the Las Vegas shooting held a concert and candlelight vigil to raise money for the families of victims.

CHANDLER, Ariz. - As the country continues to mourn the loss of the victims of the Las Vegas massacre, two local survivors are doing what they can to help.

“Our whole ride home on Monday we were thinking about how we could help in any way,” said Hayley Boult.

Boult and her boyfriend Joel Maze were at the concert when tragedy struck.

“It was a night of chaos that we didn't think we were going to have to go through,” Boult told 12 News.

“We got down and took cover and got out of there as soon as we could,” said Maze.

With the help of local businesses and the Facebook group, Chandler Country, the couple held a concert benefit Saturday night at Tom Ryan’s country bar in Chandler.

“Him being in the music industry, we thought doing a benefit concert would be the best way to raise money,” said Boult.

“Some people were a lot less fortunate than we were, and we felt really lucky to get out of there alive,” Maze said.

“And we wanted to do everything we could help to help the victims and their families,” he said.

While the main goal of the benefit was to raise money for victim’s families, Maze and Boult also wanted to use their love of country music to do something positive.

“I feel like country music kind of speaks to you,” said Boult, “I feel there's always a story in every song and it can touch you, so we just want to use country music in a positive way today.”

In addition to the concert benefit, there was also a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims.

“We're not going to stop playing and we're going to keep gathering,” said Eddie Smith the founder of Chandler Country.

“We're not going to let them rule our thoughts and live in fear, we will play on,” echoed Maze.

“Don’t get me wrong, there's always going to be that thought in the back of our heads when you’re at big show and gathering, but you can't stop living,” Smith said.

All of the money raised at the benefit will be donated to the victim’s fund set up by Clark County. 

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