Las Vegas Shooting victim identified: ‘He saved my life and lost his,’ wife says

A Big Sandy, Tennessee, man was reportedly among the more than 50 people killed in Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Family members have confirmed to WZTV that Sonny Melton, a registered nurse at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, was fatally shot at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“At this point, I’m in complete disbelief and despair. I don’t know what to say. Sonny was the most kind-hearted, loving man I have ever met. He saved my life and lost his,” his wife Heather said in a statement to the station.

Melton checked into the country music festival on Facebook Friday night.

Posted by Sonny Melton on Friday, September 29, 2017

“I want everyone to know what a kind hearted loving man he was but at this point, I can barely breathe,” his shocked wife wrote in a statement to USA Today.

On Monday, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo announced that at least 58 people were killed and 515 injured in the worst mass shooting in US history.

Melton’s alma mater, Union University, took to Facebook Monday morning to express condolences.

“You know how when you met someone and you just know that they’re good and kind? That was Sonny,” assistant professor of nursing Christy Davis said. “He just had a sweet, kind spirit about him.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam also issued a statement to Melton’s loved ones following the tragedy.

“I am praying for the many people affected by the senseless act of violence in Las Vegas. In particular, Crissy and I extend our condolences and prayers to the family of Sonny Melton from West Tennessee who was among those killed in this tragedy.”

Prayers to the family and friends of Sonny Melton who lost his life last night at the Harvest Festival in Vegas. He was from West TN.

Posted by Mattie Shay Mitchell on Monday, October 2, 2017


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