Vigil Held For West Tennessee Man Killed In Las Vegas

Posted at 10:41 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-02 23:41:45-04

Residents in the small town of Big Sandy gathered outside of City Hall Monday night to remember one of the first shooting victims identified in the Las Vegas massacre.

Sonny Melton, age 29, was a registered nurse.

West Tennessee Man Killed In Las Vegas Shooting

He and his wife attended the Route 91 Festival when the suspected gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, began firing from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel.

Melton protected his wife during the shooting and residents in his hometown called him a hero.

"What he did for Heather, that just shows you the kind of person he truly is," family friend Tiffany Bullion said. 

Bullion and others said Melton died how he lived --- saving others.

Julia Caperton said the massacre shook up the small town but it won't break those living here. 

"We can't let the bad guys win, we can't let them keep us a way from the life we want to live. We'll just try to move on," Caperton. 

According to Union University, Melton completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2015.