A woman who survived the recent deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas gave birth just days after the attack, according to KVVU-TV.
Markie Coffer and Travis Matheson attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. Coffer was nine months pregnant and overdue by about a week.
“We decided: ‘Oh we’ll go. Maybe it will help (my baby) come out and we were just there having fun,” Coffer told KVVU earlier this month.
Coffer, Matheson, and Coffer’s brother Cody attended all three nights of the country music festival. Coffer and Matheson even brought their three kids to the festival on Saturday.
“They had a blast,” Markie Coffer said.
The adults returned on Sunday, the evening a gunman opened fire on the festival from his Mandalay Bay hotel room window, killing at least 58 people and wounding close to 500 others.
“We were really excited to see Jason Aldean, the main guy, so we definitely stayed to the end, and then toward the end it got crazy,” Markie Coffer said.
Matheson, who served as a specialist in the Army, said his military instincts kicked in when the attack began.
“I told her, ‘We got to get to safety and find somewhere to hide,” Matheson told KVVU.
As the three began to Army-crawl away from the attack, Cody was shot in the shoulder. But they kept going, and managed to get to safety.
“One of my brother’s friends picked us up and brought us straight (to the hospital). It was chaotic down there,” Markie Coffer said.
Just two days later, Markie Coffer gave birth to her son Wyatt.
“He’s been unique since the beginning,” Markie Coffer said.
Matheson called his son “a light at the end of the tunnel.”
“I’m thankful nothing happened worse to any one of us … and we couldn’t be here for him,” he added. “It was perfect timing for him.”
‘A beacon of hope’
“He is a beacon of hope,” the photographer posted on their Facebook page. “We feel so fortunate to have met both Wyatt and his parents. Thank you for trusting us to take photos of your beautiful baby boy. He is our Vegas Strong baby.”