A Message from the President: Las Vegas Tragedy

Posted: October 2, 2017

Dear APU Community,

Last night, a heinous act unfolded at a country music festival on the Las Vegas strip that drew 22,000, leaving nearly 60 dead and more than 500 injured, and those numbers continue to rise. It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. This tragedy touches many of us who know people who escaped the horror, helped the wounded, tended to the dying, and comforted the heartbroken. Stories of heroism and kindness will emerge among first responders and concert goers. A familiar spirit of unity following such terrible circumstances wells.

But, today, my heart is heavy. Today, I cry out to my Abba in anguish over the horrific massacre.

Too often of late, tragedy has struck, from natural disasters to those brought about by human hands. In the days to come, motives will be uncovered. Answers found. None will be sufficient for those who experienced loss. They will grieve at the senselessness of it all. They will weep for the souls lost and for lives taken far too soon.

If you know of anyone in our community who was at the festival, please connect with our care teams. For undergraduate students, contact Student Life at Ext. 3061. Graduate and professional students may contact their SoulQuest chaplain at their regional campus or school. Faculty and staff may call Kevin Mannoia, chaplain, at Ext. 3006. Should students need emotional support to process this event, the University Counseling team is ready to assist and may be reached at Ext. 2109. Please encourage students to connect with someone.

Lord, bring comfort to the hurting. Bring peace to those in despair. Bring healing to those suffering. Lord, draw us close to you.

Please pray for all those affected by this tragedy, first responders, and medical teams across Las Vegas.

Shalom,

Jon
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Jon R. Wallace, DBA
President
626-812-3031 I apu.edu
Micah 6:8; Acts 2:42-47