Waffle House Shooting Survivor Speaks Out After Boyfriend Killed

Posted at 8:18 PM, Apr 23, 2018

One of the people killed in the Waffle House shooting in Antioch was Akilah Dasilva. He took the bullets as he shielded his girlfriend to protect her from the gunman.

Shanita Waggoner, 21,  of Nashville who goes by "Tia," said her boyfriend, Dasilva, was the love of her life. Dasilva went by "Natrix." 

Four people were killed, and four people were injured when Travis Reinking allegedly opened fire there.

In a brief Facebook message, Waggoner told NewsChannel 5's Alexandra Koehn that she wants the world to know about their love story. 

Waggoner said Dasilva died trying to protect her inside that Waffle House.

"He grabbed my side and tried to protect my side," she wrote.

As physical wounds start to heal, she is dealing with the emotional trauma that comes from losing someone you love.

She went on to write that she wants the world to know that she loved him "more than this world," saying they were high school sweethearts. 

She said he was also a musician who spread his love and passion.

Waggoner was also injured in the shooting. She was in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. According to Dasilva's brother, doctors are trying to save her leg.