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West Tennessee man killed in mass shooting at Las Vegas concert

Family members have confirmed Sonny Melton was killed in the shooting. (Source: Family photo) Family members have confirmed Sonny Melton was killed in the shooting. (Source: Family photo)
Sonny Melton was at the concert with his wife. (Source: Family photo) Sonny Melton was at the concert with his wife. (Source: Family photo)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A West Tennessee man was one of at least 59 people killed in the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Sonny Melton, 29, was at the Route 91 Harvest festival with his wife, Heather Melton, celebrating the one-year anniversary of their marriage.

Heather Melton said her husband saved her life while gunfire was hitting the crowd.

"He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back," she said. "I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe."

Sonny Melton is from Big Sandy, TN. He was a registered nurse who worked at the emergency room and ICU at Henry County Medical Center. He also assisted his wife in surgery.

Coming into Big Sandy, there's Melton's Fillin' Station on the right. It's been there since the early 1940s, opened by Sonny Melton's grandfather.

"Sonny was no different than another brother to me even though we were distant kin," said family member Easton Melton.

"He played baseball with my youngest son," added Gwen Pettigrew.

Everyone in Big Sandy spoke to how they knew how taken Sonny Melton was with his wife.

"He was always talking something about Heather," Easton Melton smiled. "He was crazy about her."

"It doesn't surprise me," said Pettigrew, learning of Sonny Melton saving his wife's life. "I think he would've done it for a complete stranger. It's just the kind of person he was. I'm going to cry now."

"It's probably the hardest loss that I've ever dealt with," said Easton Melton. "It's a shame we had to lose him the way that he went. It's terrible he went the way he did. He loved her. There wasn't a doubt in my mind he loved her. "

Sonny Melton graduated from the Union University School of Nursing in 2015. The school issued the following statement on Monday:

The Union University School of Nursing is in shock today, as we learned of the tragic death of Sonny Melton. Sonny graduated from the School of Nursing in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Our hearts are broken for his family, friends and colleagues. Sonny was energetic, enthusiastic and had a positive attitude that was infectious. He had a love for people, and was a natural choice for class president. You could not help but smile when you saw him, whether that was in class or taking care of patients.

Nursing was his calling, and he served well as the hands and feet of Jesus. We are all better for having known him. Even as we grieve his passing, we rejoice in the fact that in Christ we have victory over death.

Stay with News 4 for updates on this developing story.

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