Sanders fights back tears recounting stories of heroism in Las Vegas

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fought back tears on Monday as she read a prepared statement recounting stories of bravery and heroism emerging from the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“What those people did for each other say far more ... about Americans than the cowardly acts of a killer ever could,” Sanders said from the briefing room podium, her voice cracking. “The Gospel of John says there's no greater love to display love than to lay down ones life for a friend.”

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“The memory of those who displayed the ultimate act of love in the midst of an unimaginable act of hate will never fade,” Sanders continued.

“Their examples will serve as an eternal reminder that the American spirit cannot and will not ever be broken," she said. "In the days ahead we will grieve as a nation. We will honor the memory of those lost as a nation and we will come together united as one nation, under God and indivisible.”

At least 58 people are dead and more than 500 others were injured after a gunman opened fire on thousands that had gathered in Las Vegas for a country music concert. It is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.