Wife of Vegas victim: 'Cannot let a monster overshadow the people he took'

LAS VEGAS, NV (WMC) - West Tennessee nurse Sonny Melton was one of 59 people killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday.

His wife, Heather Melton, said he was sunshine everywhere he went and was selfless up to his last breath.

Sonny, 29, was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Vegas with his wife, celebrating the one-year anniversary of their marriage.

Heather said her husband saved her life as gunfire sprayed the crowd.

"I felt him get shot in the back," she said. "People were yelling at me to get down, and I kept feeling the shots all around me. Finally, the shots stopped and he started bleeding from his mouth."

Sonny was a registered nurse who worked at the emergency room and ICU in Henry County.

"It wasn't just a lost for me, but a loss for the world and our community," Heather said.

Heather credits her husband with saving her life. She said she suggested laying on the ground to avoid the bullets, but he told her that was a bad idea because they could still get shot and trampled.

"My son said to me, 'Mom, Sonny's an international hero.' And I said, 'Well he was always our hero before this even happened,'" Heather said.

Heather said she spoke to the media because she wants people to focus on the victims, rather than on what the shooter did.

"I don't ever want to hear his name," Melton said. "I don't want to see his face. I cannot let a monster that like overshadow the people that he took."

Heather said after Sonny was shot, a man picked him up and put him in a truck with other victims and did CPR on him the entire time.

Heather said she'll continue to hold onto the love of her heroic husband and remember the legacy he left behind.

"I don't know that I'll ever experience that kind of love again, but the days I had with him were worth every minute."

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