Weight of Survival: Springfield couple reunites with Nevada teen

The survivors of the Route 91 shooting live with the weight of survival every day.

Posted: May 23, 2018 7:29 PM
Updated: May 23, 2018 7:40 PM

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Wayne and Kyla Lowell, the Springfield couple who survived the Route 91 shooting, have reunited with the Nevada teen Wayne helped save more than seven months later at the Healing Garden in Las Vegas.

The couple laid roses in honor of the 58 concertgoers who were killed the night of Oct. 1, 2017, when bullets rained down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Their son, Wyatt, was with them and saw the pictures of the victims for the first time, which are on display at the Healing Garden, located just miles from the site of the attack.

“It keeps going through my head, what if one of these was you or Dad?” Wyatt said to his mother.

In an interview a couple of months ago with KEZI 9 News Morning Anchor Bryan Anderson, who was on location in Las Vegas for the reunion, Wayne and Kyla detailed their story of survival, and how Wayne helped carry a teen who had been shot in the chest out of the concert venue, where he was transported to the hospital.

PART ONE: Weight of Survival: Springfield couple carries survivor's guilt after shooting

KEZI tracked down the teen, Nick Campbell, who shared his own story.

PART TWO: Weight of Survival: Springfield man helps save teen in Las Vegas shooting

Kyla spotted Nick and his dad first as they walked into the Healing Garden for the reunion.

As they approached, Nick’s dad introduced himself to Wayne, who asked, “Are you that guy I talked to on the phone?”

Nick’s dad had been on the other line of a phone call Nick had made after being wounded. And as Nick had been in too much pain to talk, Wayne picked up the phone for him before carrying him out.

Wayne and Nick hugged before exchanging greetings.

“The mental aspect is the worst part of it,” Nick said.

“I’m glad you made it,” Wayne told the teen.

“Thank you, thank you,” Nick said back. “I appreciate everything. I really do.”

“I didn’t do anything special. I mean, I didn’t. I just did what I was supposed to do,” said Wayne, who served in the Navy for four years and was raised with a strong belief in helping people.

“I generally don’t even know how to put it into words,” Nick said of the experience. “Being 16, it’s crazy. It’s hard to wrap my mind around right now.”

Wayne and Kyla said they decided to speak out about their survivor’s guilt to help other survivors from the Route 91 shooting know they are not alone.

Wayne said a lot of people are still suffering from it, physically and mentally.

“It’s not something that just goes away in 10 minutes,” Kyla said. “Just because people aren’t talking about it anymore doesn’t mean it’s not real to us and real to all these people’s lives and families.”

Kyla says that since she’s spoken out, a fellow survivor from Eugene has reached out to her.

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