Sport Michael Waltrip ‘can’t stop thinking’ about family he met in Las Vegas before deadly shooting

18:35  03 october  2017
18:35  03 october  2017 Source:   For The Win

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Still in Las Vegas , Waltrip took to Instagram Monday afternoon to recall a chance meeting with a fan and father Sunday morning who sought a photo of Waltrip with his family , as they were in Las Vegas and planned I can ’ t stop thinking about them. So much joy, such beautiful family time and then…..

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As the sports world reacted to the recent shooting during a music festival in Las Vegas - where 59 people died and more than 500 were injured - retired NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip shared a personal story about the tragedy.

Waltrip - now a broadcaster for FOX Sports - was in Las Vegas for the Camping World Truck Series Las Vegas 350 and explained on Instagram that he had planned to attend the Route 91 Harvest festival Sunday night.

Early in the day, he met a family of NASCAR fans with the same plans for the concert and took a picture with the father. They were going to the music festival for the daughter's 21st birthday, and now, he "can't stop thinking about them" and their safety.

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On Instagram, Waltrip wrote:

Yesterday morning in Las Vegas, at the MGM, I met a man who was a fan. He asked me if it was ok if his daughter took a photo of us. They were in Vegas celebrating her 21st birthday. The whole family was in town, wife and sister too. Daughter was happy and excited to be headed to the concert. Route 91 was the reason she chose Vegas for her 21st. As they walked off I smiled and I was a bit sad too. My daughter Macy turned 20 just a couple days before and I couldn't be with her. His daddy daughter time made me a bit envious.

At 4:45 this morning I was awaken by my phone ringing. It was Macy. 'Are you ok dad?' She asked. I was. I didn't attend the concert as I had planned to. I called it an early night. After we shared our 'I love yous' and hung up the phone the first thing I thought of was the dad I met with his daughter. I prayed they were ok. I have no way of knowing if they are safe or not. I can't stop thinking about them. So much joy, such beautiful family time and then….. This is my personal story to the unthinkable attack last night. I know there are many more who are hurting. I pray for everyone.

To the first responders that helped save lives and comfort the hurting, thank you. Your courage and commitment is amazing. I appreciate each and everyone of you.

My heart hurts for all who were effected by the horrific tragedy. I pray for everyone involved. Fortunately, friends that I know who were there are all physically ok. The emotional scars will likely never heal.

To the father I met who was doing what every dad dreams of, being with his girl celebrating a significant moment I will do all I can, pray.

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