"Watching this on TV before I went to work this morning, never dreamed that I would be affected."
Nobody wants to have to say these words, unfortunately, in the wake of the Las Vegas attack thousands of people are repeating these exact words, including Wesley Cooper, a patient of a Las Vegas shooting victim.
A day after the shooting, Cooper posted this on his facebook page, "Please keep Dr. Heather Melton and her family of Paris, TN in your prayers. Her husband was killed in the Vegas shooting. She has been my Dr. for past 11 years. Think she only been married 2 / 3 years. Watching this on T V before I went to work this morning never, dreamed I would be affected."
Heather's husband, Sonny, was tragically killed in the attack
Sonny Melton was a somewhat newly-wed 29-year-old Tennessean who worked alongside his wife, Heather, at the Henry County Medical Center. The two married in 2016. Heather said he loved her 3 kids as if they were his own and that he was a hard worker, earning his second Bachelor's degree in 2015 from Union University in Nursing. His first was a Bachelor's in Finance from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He loved being outdoors, duck hunting, and attending concerts. His professors' remember him as being "a sweet, kind spirit"
When the shots started at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Sonny pulled his wife in front of him as they ran to protect her from the spray of bullets. True to who he was, he didn't even hesitate to protect her.
"He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back," Heather told CNN. "I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe."
Like Wesley, we never think it's going to be someone we know. With 59 killed and over 527 injured, thousands of families have been devastated, and many more are grieving for those that were lost in the deadliest mass shooting in America's history.
Christa is a part time photographer, part time writer and full time lover of life. She loves eating chocolate chip cookies and singing (but not at the same time). She has her degree in political science.