The horrific shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and more than 500 wounded will not prevent the women of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch from providing comfort and relief.
In the wake of Sunday night's tragedy during the Route 91 Harvest festival, Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof vowed to keep the doors of his establishments open, and that "the working girls will be there to lend compassion and tenderness to the men and women that need it during this sorrowful time."
"The prostitutes of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, Love Ranch Vegas, Alien Cathouse and my other Nevada brothels are devastated by this horrific and meaningless act of violence against a city known to be the entertainment and pleasure capital of the world. Las Vegas is a city that welcomes people from all walks of life and does so without judgement or discrimination," Hof told TheWrap in a statement Monday.
"Our thoughts go out to the victims of this tragedy and their families. We have countless friends, employees, and licensed prostitutes that call Las Vegas home -- as well as numerous sex tourists that visit us daily from the Las Vegas strip -- and our hearts go out to all of them as well," Hof continued. "This is a dark day for Sin City, but rest assured this terrible event will not break the spirit of the community. My Las Vegas-area brothels will remain open and the working girls will be there to lend compassion and tenderness to the men and women that need it during this sorrowful time."
The comments come after a shooter fired round after round from a high-rise room at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino down onto a crowded country music concert.
The suspect was later identified as a 64-year-old man named Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada, who was found dead on the 32nd floor of the hotel with a cache of "in excess of 10 rifles," Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said.