Message in a bottle written to Waffle House victim from sister found by child

Akilah DaSilva Laid To Rest
Posted at 9:51 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 19:29:45-04

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WTVF) — A message in a bottle written to Waffle House shooting victim Akilah Dasilva by his sister was found in Florida.

The message was dropped in the Atlantic Ocean by Akilah's sister Amber. The family was in Destin, FL on vacation and before traveling back to Nashville Amber threw the bottle in the ocean.

A little boy and his family found the message washed up on the shore, 55 miles away, in Panama City in late February, early March.

According to Dasilva's mother, the boy thought the message was from Spongebob Squarepants.

The parents opened the bottle at dinner and found the Dasilva family on social media and reached out.

Dasilva's mother described the experience in a Facebook post as an "emotional roller coaster."

Akilah Dasilva, along with three other victims, was killed while eating at the Antioch Waffle House in April 2018.