On October 31st, Markie Coffer and her boyfriend, Travis Matheson, decided to have an evening out on the Las Vegas strip. Coffer was pregnant and one week overdue and decided to attend the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas to help move things along. She said, “We decided, ‘Oh, we’ll go. Maybe it will help (my baby) come out,’ and we were just there having fun.”
Coffer’s brother, Cody, was there as well. “We were really excited to see Jason Aldean, the main guy, so we definitely stayed to the end, and then towards the end it got crazy,” she said.
As we all know by now, the festive atmosphere turned into a living hell when bullets began raining down on the crowd of 22,000, leaving 58 of them dead and about 500 injured. Coffer, her boyfriend, and Cody immediately started to crawl on the ground to safety. One of the bullets struck Cody in the shoulder, but the group kept going and eventually made it to safety. “One of my brother’s friends picked us up and brought us straight (to the hospital). It was chaotic down there,” Coffer said.
Two days later, baby Wyatt was born. “He’s been unique since the beginning,” she said. “(He is) a light at the end of the tunnel,” Matheson said. “I’m thankful nothing happened worse to any one of us…and we couldn’t be here for him. It was perfect timing for him.” Coffer and little Wyatt were discharged from the hospital Wednesday to celebrate life with their loved ones. They have so many things to be thankful for.
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