Vigil held for young man killed in Waffle House shooting one year ago

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On Monday evening, a crowd gathered for vigil honoring the victims of the Waffle House shooting. 

The vigil was organized by the family of Akilah Dasilva. 

“Like I said, I’m going to fight regardless of what it takes, my child is going to get justice,” said Shaundelle Brooks, the mother of Akilah Dasilva.

A year ago, her son, 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva, was shot in the Waffle House shooting. He later died at Vanderbilt from blood loss. 

“The worst feeling that I have ever felt, I miss him… I miss him… I miss him so much.” 

Everyone that attended the vigil work Akilah’s favorite color, sky blue. His loss was especially hard for his siblings.

“I miss you, and I love you and I just wish none of this had happened,” said Aldane Brooks, Akilah’s little Brother. 

Akilah was an emerging rapper, who went by the stage name, Natrix Dream. His family hopes to keep his music alive. 

“His music also talked about against gun violence. It spoke about spreading positivity,” said Abede Dasilva. 

At the vigil, Abede premiered a song he wrote about his brother. Later, the crowd watched some of Akilah’s music videos, lit candles and released balloons. 

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