James Melton described other "angels" who helped his son and daughter-in-law in "that killing field that must have resembled the Marines landing on Omaha Beach". I will carry that with me forever.
"I remember looking at him on the day he died and thanking God that I knew what real love was".
"I didn't want to do this [interview] at all but I did not want the negative person to outshine the souls that were lost", Melton added. "It's a shame we had to lose him the way that he went". My son said to me, 'Mom - Sonny's an global hero. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. "He knows that his mother was saved by Sonny".
Sonny Melton, R.N., was killed when a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, his employer, Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, said.
Like most, they believed the sound they heard at first was fireworks.
Gayle Davis, who was attending the concert with her husband, said she owed her life to a fearless police officer who instinctively served as a human shield, protecting her from harm. "He saved my life and lost his", she said.
'When we realized it was gunshots going off and not fireworks like everyone thought, I said let's get down and he said, "No, we'll get trampled. She always had something nice to say when you needed it".
" "[The stranger] performed CPR on Sonny the entire way to the hospital. 'We were on lockdown in the hospital and they stayed by my side.
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"But even that... even that does not compare to the most powerful, and to me one of the most important aspects of this whole thing. But I'm very grateful that I wasn't left alone".
Her brother "was happy to pay some things off and had made some really good money and chose to go out and celebrate and go to the concert and treat himself to something nice and fun", she said. I don't know what to say.
The emotional tribute has been shared widely across the internet, including a post by a friend of the father's, which had been shared more than 4,000 times by Thursday evening.
"My love and heartfelt sympathy to Sonny's beloved family".
"It's probably the hardest loss that I've ever dealt with", said Easton Melton.
She said she wanted everyone to know what a kind man Sonny was. "Like I said, a coward".
Riverside County School District of California wrote on Facebook that Angie Gomez, a 2015 graduate of Riverside Poly High School, was among the victims of the shooting.
Smith was an employee of the Simi Valley Unified School District for almost two decades before her death.
"We were the couple that never should have met, fallen in love or had a future together.but life is amusing and we believe God brought us together as soul mates", read their wedding page on the website The Knot.
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