The tragedy that swept across Las Vegas is horrible. And the fact that a 64-year-old man booked a hotel room and brought up 23 firearms in order to murder innocent people at a country music concert says a lot about the state of the world right now. Stephen Paddock was a gambler who would bet tens of thousands of dollars in a sitting. He owned multiple homes and was the son of a convicted bank robber. And what he did in Las Vegas was monstrous. But although Stephen Paddock’s murderous rampage sets a shadow over the scene, there were a few heroes among the fallen who have come into the light. And now Renee Cesario is grateful that her guardian angel was there to rescue her from the devious act of Stephen Paddock.
Just before the chaos erupted, Renee was dancing with United States Marine Brendan Kelly. They were carefree and loving the country music concert. Renee was looking into Kelly’s eyes and they were just having a lot of fun as young people do. The last thing that was on their mind was that Stephen Paddock was up on the 32nd floor preparing to open fire on 22,000 people at the exposed venue.
As bullets were flying, Brendan Kelly went into Marine mode. He dove onto Renee and kept her safe from the gunfire. And as he was trying to flee with her from the scene, bullets careened down on them like hellfire. And later when they had reached safety, Renee wrote about her encounter with the heroic Kelly on the Love What Matters Facebook page:
“Brendan and I met only 2 hours before the Jason Aldean show. I left my friends so we could go up super close to the front for the end of the night. We were just dancing and having fun and then all of the sudden there were loud noises that sounded like fireworks, but no lights were going off. It stopped and Jason Aldean kept playing but then the shots fired again and he ran off the stage.”
While Aldean was safe, his fans were at the mercy of the murderer in the Las Vegas hotel.
“Before I knew what was going on, Brendan tackled me down to the ground and covered me from the fire. It stopped again and he looked around to see what was happening and then it just kept going. He looked at me and said, ‘We have to get out of here. We can’t stay here. It’s not safe.’ Then he pulled my arm up to get me out of the piles of people. We had no idea who was dead or who was alive. We just started to run. He kept telling me it was going to be okay and to keep running until we were safe. He even let me use his phone to stay in touch with my sister so she knew I was safe, which is the text you’ll see [below]. The whole night he didn’t leave my side.”
Her sister texted Brendan Kelly later that night saying: