Family and friends have been remembering Akilah DaSilva, one of four people killed in the Antioch Waffle House shooting, and they said the music he left behind will continue to touch the lives of many.
Abede DaSilva, age 29, sat with NewsChannel 5 and listened to his brother's song titled “Platinum.”
The song was one of the last to be recorded by his brother, Akliah, who people called Natrix.
“His lyrics are just so positive, and this whole situation just made me have a different outlook on life,” Abede said.
Natrix and three other victims died in the mass shooting.
“He touched a lot of people, like I knew he did, but it's just so overwhelming to see how many people he touched because he was a really good guy,” Abede said.
And for the first time, the community got to feel Natrix's presence at a song release party Saturday night when they heard “Platinum” for the first time.
“We just want to put it out there so that the world can see what kind a talented and creative person he was,” Abede said.
The 23-year-old was quiet with a sense of humor, but during his performances, he held nothing back. His onstage presence was affectionate.
“When I listen to it, it just still motivates me to keep pushing because I know him. That's my brother, and then in his music, that's all that he talks about,” Abede said.
Abede added the lyrics to “Platinum” talk about how Natrix was going to shine in this world.
Through motivating lyrics, his brother and others will keep pushing and reaching for the stars. He said that's something Natrix would have wanted them to do.
The event Saturday was held until 2 a.m. Sunday at Island Vibes on Antioch Pike. All donations collected will help cover Natrix’s funeral expenses.