HGTV’s Tarek El Moussa Shares Harrowing Story One Year After Route 91 Shooting

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One year ago, America was hit with yet another mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival that took the lives of 58 people and left hundreds injured. While many continue to grieve the loved ones they lost, many find themselves feeling incredibly lucky to still be alive— including HGTV’s Tarek El Moussa.

The “Flip or Flop” star took to Instagram on the anniversary of the tragedy to share how he almost found himself in harm’s way.

“Exactly one year ago today I was at Route 91 country concert. I was planning on staying but [Robert] wanted to leave. I started walking back into the concert and he grabbed me and made me leave…I think about this a lot. Shortly after, as we all know, was the mass shooting where so many innocent people were taken from earth. I was devastated about the events that occurred,” he said.

Tarek counts himself incredibly fortunate now that his friend asked to leave the concert— otherwise, he might not still be here today.

“One more step and I was back in the crowd but I got really lucky I was forced to leave. Bad things happen to good people, doesn’t matter who you are. Today be happy for what you have. Be happy to be alive. Smile bigger than ever. Love harder than you have ever loved. Life can change in an instant so be present and enjoy every moment. My heart goes out to all the families affected by this horrific act and they are all in my prayers today.”

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Exactly one year ago today I was at Route 91 country concert. I was planning on staying but @robertdrenk wanted to leave. I started walking back into the concert and he grabbed me and made me leave…I think about this a lot. Shortly after, as we all know, was the mass shooting where so many innocent people were taken from earth. I was devastated about the events that occurred. One more step and I was back in the crowd but I got really lucky I was forced to leave. Bad things happen to good people, doesn’t matter who you are. Today be happy for what you have. Be happy to be alive. Smile bigger than ever. Love harder than you have ever loved. Life can change in an instant so be present and enjoy every moment. My heart goes out to all the families affected by this horrific act and they are all in my prayers today❤️

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Heather Melton, who lost her husband in the shooting but survived herself, recently shared her own story from that tragic day. “I can’t escape his memory. I can’t go to a concert without thinking about him, I can’t go to work without thinking about him,” she told Today. “It’s just very difficult to not have a memory associated with an activity, a date, that doesn’t have to do with Sonny.”

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