The happiest of endings to the scariest of stories: Two victims of the Las Vegas Strip shooting in October 2017 are now engaged, mere months after the groom-to-be used his own body as a human shield to protect his love. Chills.
Six months ago, Orange County, California couple Mykenzie Lane and Brandon Helmick planned on having a picture-perfect night seeing their favorite country star, Jason Aldean, perform at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. The two were enjoying a light-hearted, fun evening of music and dancing when the night descended into chaos and tragedy. Just as the singer was wrapping up his concert, shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room above, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds.
But even through all the horrifying havoc of the attack, Helmick's first priority was Lane. The now 22-year-old angled his body to cover his girlfriend from the showering bullets before looking at her and screaming, "Run now!"
According to Cosmopolitan, the two took off running and found a large storage bin nearby to hide in. Helmick attempted to pull Lane into the bin, but while doing so she was shot in the ankle. In a second act of selflessness, Helmick heroically carried Lane "for what seemed like forever," until they found refuge in an ambulance.
Now, six months later, the couple hasn't let the experience of such terrifying trauma affect their relationship—in fact, it brought them even closer together. On April 20, Helmick got down on one knee at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach, California, during a gorgeous sunset and popped the question. Lane said yes.
"I was speechless," Lane tells Brides of the proposal. "I don’t even remember what he said because I couldn’t really think at that time. It was all happening right in front of me."
Despite the fact that the two have only been engaged for a few days, they already have some plans set for the big event. "We’re getting married August 3rd of this year, actually," Lane said, adding that their ceremony will take place at the Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, California.
Though the couple shared a traumatic experience together, Lane said that having one another has made the healing process much easier. "We have a lot of faith and that’s what has gotten us through our dark days. Our family and friends have been our rocks whenever we need them. This incident has of course brought us closer—he’s my rock and my best friend and there’s no way I’m letting him go now."