Heather Melton was honored at the Tennessee Titans game against the Houston Texans as the 12th Titan.
She was with her husband, Sonny, when he was shot and killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Heather has since started the Sonny Melton Scholarship Fund to help others, and on Sunday at the game where the Titans beat the Texans, the Titans announced they’ve donated $10,000 to the fund.
The 49-year-old doctor met the love of her life, Sonny Melton, at a bar a little over a year ago. Heather was 20 years his senior, but from the moment this unlikely couple caught one another’s attention, it became clear their age difference was inconsequential. This doctor and nurse decided to get married last summer.
“He’s just the most genuine, caring person. Somebody like that you don’t come across often in your lifetime,” Heather said in October following the shooting.
Sonny’s life ended during the night of October 1 when a gunman opened fire on concert goers from the Mandalay Bay hotel. Heather said she felt Sonny get shot in the back.
Their final moments together would be spent in the bed of a stranger’s pickup truck with two other people who had also been shot. By the time they arrived at the hospital, Heather said she knew Sonny was gone.
“I’m glad I was with him the whole time because other people lost track of their loved ones. I think he died really quickly. I hope he did,” she said.
Heather would not say the name of the man who killed her husband and dozens of other people. Instead she focused her attention on the good that has come out of the darkness on the Vegas strip that night, including the scholarship fund.