He Saved Her Life During The Las Vegas Shooting, And Now, They Are Getting Married
Mykenzie Lane and her boyfriend Brandon Helmick were at the Route 91 Harvest music festival when a gunman opened fire from a nearby hotel.
Lane was shot in the ankle during the ordeal and credits her boyfriend of three years for saving her life by shielding her with his body and carrying her to safety. The Orange County couple - who first met when they were 12 - now have a beautiful cause for celebration.
The horror of the Vegas shooting
The Las Vegas shooting occurred on the night of Sunday, October 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured.
Between 10:05 and 10:15 p.m. PDT, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, fired more than 1,100 rounds from his suite on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. He was found dead in his room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound about an hour after he fired his last shot.
His motive remains unknown. The incident was the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States.
The couple is getting married
Helmick popped the question on Laguna Beach in California. He arranged rose petals on the sand in the shape of a heart. Lee says she’s always wanted to marry the college baseball player - a feeling that was only cemented by his incredible actions on the night of October 1.
After the first gunshots rang out during singer Jason Aldean’s performance at the music festival, Helmick angled his body to shield Lane’s from the bullets, telling her to run. The two university students sprinted to a nearby storage unit to hide, but Lane was shot in the ankle as Helmick tried to pull her into the bin.
The bullet traveled through her leg and exited through her shin, piercing her cowboy boot. Realizing she needed medical attention, Helmick lifted his girlfriend onto his back and carried her away from the scene before traveling to the hospital in an Uber.
The couple is still coping with the trauma of their shared ordeal, but there has been one silver lining. The pair has chosen August 3 as their wedding date.
People who heard about the couple's story have been sending their heartfelt messages to them on Facebook.
Congratulations to MyKenzie and Brandon, we wish them more happy experiences in the future.
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