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A quiet moment in the wake of tragedy on the Strip

Photo: Corlene Byrd

Las Vegas Strip | December 20, 2015 | 8:48 p.m.

Lights twinkling, cars cruising, a crazy balloon sculpture and a wonder-struck child. Classic Strip. Except for that thin yellow band in the background, the crime-scene tape that went up after Lakeisha Holloway allegedly drove onto the sidewalk in front of Planet Hollywood. The crash killed one person and wounded more than 30 others, some critically. The motive is still unclear. Holloway had her 3-year-old daughter in the car, probably not much younger than the kid in this picture, taken by the Weekly’s Corlene Byrd a couple hours after the tragedy. She says the Strip was “awkwardly quiet.” Yet she saw people watching the Bellagio fountains, a Darth Vader trolling for photo ops and this balloon artist working for tips. It’s impossible to imagine things going back to normal after something so horrifying, but somehow, the normal is never really absent.

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