Sudbury·LIVING LIBRARY

Living Library 2018: Kimberly Naponse

Kimberly Naponse, her husband Darryl and their two teenage sons were having the time of their lives at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas. They were singing, dancing and laughing on a rooftop as signer Jason Aldean performed when gunfire erupted.

CBC Sudbury featuring survivors in Living Library event

Kimberly Naponse and her family survived the deadliest mass shooting by one person in modern U.S. She is one of the guests at CBC's Living Library on Saturday, Oct. 27. (Markus Schwabe/CBC)

Kimberly Naponse, her husband Darryl and their two teenage sons were having the time of their lives at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas.

They were singing, dancing and laughing on a rooftop as signer Jason Aldean performed when gunfire erupted.

That day — Oct. 1, 2017 — the deadliest mass shooting by one person in modern U.S. history occurred. Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 850 were injured.

In the aftermath of the shooting, the family has tried to settle back into everyday life. They've had help, thanks to a little chocolate lab puppy from Kimberly's in-laws.

They named the puppy Vegas Strong.

This little dog came into our lives and he's been nothing but great to take away the anxiety, the fears. At night when we wake up, he knows to come to us.- Kimberly Naponse
The theme for this year's edition of the Living Library at the South End branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library is survivors. We've invited a group of people who have survived life-changing events. One of our guests is Kimberly Naponse. She and her family narrowly escaped gunfire in Las Vegas a year ago during the Country Music Festival mass murder. She joined us in studio to share that story. 10:50

Meet Kimberly at CBC Sudbury's Living Library. The event is being held in partnership with the Greater Sudbury Public Library. This year's theme is "Survivors."

The event is taking place Saturday, Oct. 27 at the South End Public Library at 1991 Regent St. between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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