Family, friends say final goodbyes to Tennessee nurse killed in Las Vegas massacre
BIG SANDY, Tenn. (WZTV) - Hundreds gathered on Tuesday to say goodbye to a Tennessee man killed in the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting.
Sonny Melton, a 29-year-old registered nurse, died shielding his wife from gunfire at the Route 91 Festival last Sunday.
Kris Gulish said he struggled to find the words to remember his brother-in-law.
"Although his life was taken, what cannot be taken from him is the fact that he's a hero and loved by all you and many more," Gulish said. "He has touched this entire nation."
Sonny Melton's wife Heather said he wasn't only hero that night.
"In that very dark night, I was screaming for somebody to come and help me, and then an angel came and put Sonny over his shoulder and carried him off the field into a truck where he performed CPR the entire way to the hospital," Melton said.
That former stranger, Daniel Bronte, traveled from California to sing at the funeral.
Registered nurses, who shared a profession with Sonny, bid a final farewell with an unanswered call and retirement of his license number.
Sonny Melton, who seemed to know everyone in his small town, will never be forgotten.
"All family and friends love you," Gulish said. "In the words of another country song, so long my friend until we meet again. Sonny we will see you again. In the meantime, keep on shining."
A scholarship fund has been set up in Sonny Melton's name as well as a GoFundMe account to help various local charities.