West Tennessee Man Killed in Las Vegas Shooting Spree


A West Tennessee man was among at least 58 killed Sunday night at a country music festival in Las Vegas, reports the Paris Post-Intelligencer.

The massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history and also left more than 500 injured.

Sonny Melton was a resident of Big Sandy, a small town in Benton County. Melton was shielding his wife, Heather, when he was fatally shot, according to his lifelong best friend, Jeremy Butler of Camden. The Meltons married about a year ago and were building a house on Kentucky Lake, Butler said.

The 29-year-old was a registered nurse at Henry County Medical Center.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire HCMC family are with Sonny and Heather’s families,” said Tom Gee, CEO at Henry County Medical Center, in a statement.

Heather Gulish Melton is an orthopedic surgeon at the hospital.

People from around the world are offering condolences on Sonny Melton’s Facebook page, now called Remembering Sonny Melton. Messages came pouring in Monday from across the U.S. and from Italy, Argentina, Egypt and other countries.

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