A prospective MLB player named Bowdien "Bubba" Derby is making headlines for protecting California native Jori Apsit Jellison, a mom of three, and her friend Darci DeArmon Wallace, a mom of two, during the horrifying Las Vegas shooting on Sunday, October 1.
“I ended up kind of covering two girls that we had met there,” the 23-year-old told TMZ Sports on Tuesday. “I was trying to be over them, my cousin was laying over his girlfriend. We were just trying to take cover from any sort of fire coming around. You could hear the bullets sort of ricocheting off the ground and we were near the grass area, so you could kind of hear them hitting the grass and the stage."
On Monday, Jellison took to Facebook to thank Derby. "Bowdien grabbed our hands and ran us to safety which was certainly no easy feat. If he didn't make us get up and run from the gunfire, I probably wouldn't have moved," she wrote. "He stayed with us all night long until we were finally allowed to leave the casino we ran into."
The New York Post reports that Derby went into more detail around the haunting moments of the tragic incident on a conference call Monday, October 2: "I turned around and looked to find my aunt, and I’ll never forget the look on her face. We made eye contact and we thought we were about to die. You could hear the bullets ricocheting. It’s one of those moments where you just want to try to get out of there. ... It hurts, my heart hurts. My stomach is constantly turning and it’s part of the experience, a traumatic experience, is a feeling of guilt, you know not knowing not only why you were able to get out alive but get out uninjured. ... There is good out of everything and what I witnessed was obviously tragic and it was awful, but I witnessed a lot of good."
In the face of such darkness and tragedy, actions like Derby's are beyond heartening to see.