Music video 'Broken' honors Waffle House shooting victims

Akilah DaSilva Laid To Rest
Posted at 4:38 AM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 20:24:48-04

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WTVF) — A survivor of the Waffle House shooting released a music video honoring his brother and three victims.

Abede Dasilva, musically known as Tuff Gotti, released the video called 'Broken' on March 25th.

"Just losing my brother, going through the situation. It was a way of expressing how I felt. Because I know a lot of people wanted to know how I felt about the situation and music is how we express our feelings so that was the best way for me to put it out there," Dasilva said.

On April 22, 2018, Abede and his brother Akilah sat inside an Antioch Waffle House located on 3571 Murfreesboro Pike celebrating the release of their music video when bullets rang out.

DeEbony Groves, Akilah Dasilva, Joe Perez and Taurean Sanderlin did not survive.

Eleven months after the senseless shooting, Abede said he wanted to honor his brother with the song. In the video, he sings about wanting justice for Akilah and other victims of gun violence. He also sang about mental health awareness.

"I want people to know the reality of it. It's not just a TV show, it's not a story, it's reality, it's realistic. These feelings that we feel is real as time goes by the feelings are still real," he said.

Dasilva said he has dreaded the one year anniversary mark. In the music video he sings about missing his brother and wanting to say 'I love you' one more time.

"When I first heard the beat I broke down crying I couldn't even write to it yet," he said.

You can watch 'Broken' the music video here. (Warning: some lyrics are explicit).

To mark one year since the shooting, the Dasilva family will hold a candlelight vigil for Akilah at Southeast Community Center located at 5260 Hickory Hollow Pwky.