Carson City, NV - September 26, 2019
Today, Governor Sisolak announced that he has partnered with Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick and the Clark County Commission to officially form the 1 October Memorial Committee. The Committee will be tasked with creating a memorial to remember those who perished in the events of 1 October and honor the many heroes who inspired the nation with their bravery in the face of pure evil. They will develop ideas and recommendations from victims’ families, survivors, and other community members for the planning of a permanent memorial.
The 1 October Memorial Committee will consist of seven total members. Three of the appointees for consideration are members of the Clark County Arts Committee, including representatives from Architecture, Public Art Project Management, and a Local Arts Professional and Public Artist. The four additional appointees were submitted by Governor Sisolak and represent a 1 October survivor, a family member of a 1 October victim, a 1 October first responder, and the Director of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center:
- Karessa Royce, 1 October Survivor (Governor Sisolak appointee)
- Mynda Smith, Family Member of a 1 October Victim (Governor Sisolak appointee)
- Tennille Pereira, Director of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center (Governor Sisolak appointee)
- Andrew Walsh, First Responder (Governor Sisolak appointee)
- Rebecca Holden, Vice-Chair, Clark County Arts Committee
- Dr. Robert Fielden, Member, Clark County Arts Committee
- Harold Bradford, At-Large Member, Clark County Arts Committee
The Clark County Commission is scheduled to consider the creation of the 1 October Memorial Committee and the recommended appointees at their October 2nd meeting.
“As we near the anniversary of the 1 October tragedy, I am grateful to work together with the Clark County Commission to finalize a committee that will begin the important process of creating a memorial to remember the victims and honor those who acted heroically,” said Governor Sisolak. “I am confident that my four recommended appointees will offer critical insight and guidance during the process and help the rest of the committee work with families of victims, survivors, first responders and those affected in our community as they continue to heal. I want to thank the entire Clark County Commission for their commitment and partnership in this important endeavor.”
Commissioner James B. Gibson (District G), will also be assisting the committee as they work towards creating a permanent memorial. The site of the 1 October tragedy is located within Commissioner Gibson’s district and he played a critical role in the response.
“I am thrilled that the 1 October Memorial Committee is on the path to getting formed and beginning this important work,” said Commissioner Gibson. “This community showed remarkable strength and resilience in the aftermath of 1 October. While a memorial will not bring back loved ones or erase the pain we still feel from that day, our hope is that it will serve as a place to reflect on those lost and celebrate the unmatched strength of our community.”
Chair Kirkpatrick has also expressed interest in bringing on a facilitator who will be charged with helping committee members and community members work through the memorial process that could bring back painful memories associated with the tragedy.
“On behalf of the Clark County Commission, we are honored to partner with Governor Sisolak to move forward with the creation of a 1 October Memorial Committee,” said Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “Like many Nevadans, I will never forget the devastation we all felt in the wake of such an evil act, but I also take great pride in the bravery of our first responders, the everyday heroes who protected strangers, and the community that came together like never before to help, mourn and begin healing. This committee will work to ensure the 1 October Memorial provides a place to remember the heartbreaking losses and honor the resiliency of Las Vegans.”
BIOGRAPHIES OF THE RECOMMENDED APPOINTEES:
Karessa Royce, 1 October Survivor (Governor Sisolak appointee)
Karessa is a Las Vegas native who recently graduated from UNLV as an “Outstanding Graduate of 2019” awarded by UNLV President Dr. Meana. Karessa survived a critical gunshot wound at Route 91 but has remained heavily involved in her community. She has assisted with two of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Centers PSA commercials, initiated a letter writing campaign to support other cities experiencing mass shootings, as well as given a TEDx Talk at UNLV about post traumatic growth. Karessa is committed to helping our community heal in whatever capacity she can assist.
Mynda Smith, Family Member of a 1 October Victim (Governor Sisolak appointee)
Mynda Smith is a first-generation Las Vegan who has lived here for over twenty years. She has raised three children in this community and has been an active member of her church, her children’s schools, and her community association, where she has served on the board for over ten years. After losing her sister, she has worked tirelessly to support the other families of the 58 lost in the Route 91 tragedy and created The Children of the 58 Scholarship Fund, along with her parents, to assist the dependent children with furthering their education.
Tennille Pereira, Director of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center (Governor Sisolak appointee)
Tennille Pereira joined the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada as a staff attorney in the Consumer Rights Project in June of 2016. In October of 2017, Tennille’s focus became ensuring victims and their families of the Route 91 tragedy were provided needed civil legal services in the aftermath. She provided direct services on a wide variety of legal issues in the immediate response & became immersed in the victim services realm through the longer recovery effort. Tennille is now the Director of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, operated by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada under agreement with Clark County, Nevada.
Andrew Walsh, First Responder (Governor Sisolak appointee)
Andrew “Andy” Walsh is a Deputy Chief with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, currently assigned to the Tourist Safety Division. Deputy Chief Walsh has been with the LVMPD for 21 years, previously serving as Captain of the Downtown Area Command, where he led and directed law enforcement activities of approximately 180 commissioned and civilian employees. Deputy Chief Walsh has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration and is a member of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum. Deputy Chief Walsh was one of the brave first responders on the scene of the 1 October tragedy.
Rebecca Holden, Vice-Chair, Clark County Arts Committee
Rebecca Holden serves as the vice-chair of the Clark County Arts Committee and is a public project manager for the Office of Cultural Affairs team with the City of Las Vegas. Holden led the group assigned to create a program to manage the collection and care for the items left at the Las Vegas Healing Garden site.
Dr. Robert Fielden, Member, Clark County Arts Committee
Dr. Robert Fielden is an architect who was instrumental in establishing the School of Architecture at UNLV and has been active in architectural education and the accreditation of architectural programs around the nation. Dr. Fielden has been engaged with multiple arts professional committees and boards in Southern Nevada.
Harold Bradford, At-Large Member, Clark County Arts Committee
Harold Bradford currently serves as the Clark County Arts Committee’s at-large member. He is a local artist who spent thirty-eight years as a designer in the sign industry, including seven of those years as art director. Bradford’s public artwork can be seen at the D gates at McCarran International Airport and Left to Center Gallery in North Las Vegas.