Loved ones remember Vegas massacre victim

Photos of Sonny and his wife, Heather, decorate the auditorium. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Photos of Sonny and his wife, Heather, decorate the auditorium. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

BIG SANDY, TN (WMC) - Loved ones remembered the life of Sonny Melton, the West Tennessee man killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas last weekend.

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In the funeral program, Sonny's obituary was shared, describing him as an avid duck hunter who enjoyed wakeboarding and any other water sport. He also loved attending concerts and spending time with his family, which is what he was doing the night he died.

His wife, Heather, opened up about how Sonny died shielding her from gunfire. She watched him take his last breath.

"In that very dark night, I was screaming for someone to come and help me," she said. "Then an angel came and put Sonny onto his shoulder and carried him off the field into a truck where he performed CPR ... I wanted to acknowledge him [Daniel Bonte] and I'd like for everyone to raise him up in prayer."

"Abraham Lincoln, at the loss of his son, said, 'You were too good for this place,' maybe we can say the same thing about Sonny. You were too good for this Earth and God has called you home," Sonny's cousin, Greg Brewer, said during the service. "It is a glorious celebration today of Sonny's life. The music has been beautiful, the words eloquent. But let us never forget that there has been another celebration in the city of God where Sonny has entered the gates and is not at home,"

The funeral service closed with a song written by Eric Church, inspired by Sonny Melton, for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Church first played the song at the Grand Ole Opry on October 4, where Sonny and Heather planned to attend to celebrate their anniversary.

"The reason I'm here tonight is because of Heather Melton, her husband Sonny who died, and every person that was there," Church said as he pointed to two empty seats.

Melton's visitation was held Monday in his hometown of Big Sandy.

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