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LAS VEGAS (WKRN) – “I saw Jason Aldean, who was performing at that time, run off the stage.”
That’s when Heather Melton, of Tennessee, knew something was terribly wrong last Sunday when she was with her husband, Sonny Melton, in Las Vegas.
“And then people, mostly from the front of the stage, started running,” she told News 2.
Her husband was one of 58 innocent people killed after a gunman fired hundreds of rounds into a crowd of around 22,000 concert goers. Authorities have since said the shooter used 12 devices to enable a rifle to fire continuously, like an automatic weapon.
“Then I started seeing people falling, and I told Sonny we should get down, and he said, ‘No, we will get trampled,’” Heather continued.PHOTOS: Shooting on the Vegas strip
“And he wrapped his arms around me from behind and we started running, and that’s when I felt him get shot in the back, and we fell to the ground. I was talking to him and he was breathing at the time, but then he stopped, and I started doing CPR, and there were still shots raining from everywhere for what seemed like an eternity, and I was screaming for someone to help,” Heather told News 2.
Her 29-year-old husband ultimately died of his injuries after shielding his wife from the barrage of bullets.
Heather told News 2 he was someone who could light up a room with his smile; he loved life and made hers so much better.
As she continues to mourn his loss, she says the messages and calls she’s received have helped her get through this immeasurably difficult time.
On Wednesday, Heather wrote on Facebook a scholarship fund was established in Sonny’s honor.
She wrote, in full, “”The Sonny Melton Scholarship Fund to honor the life and legacy of Sonny Melton, a Big Sandy native who was the first identified victim of the Las Vegas tragedy, has been established at Apex Bank. Sonny’s mother has been a member of the Apex Bank family for over forty years. The Sonny Melton Scholarship Fund was created to celebrate Sonny’s life by assisting graduating Big Sandy High School Seniors who desire to pursue a career in nursing. To assist in endowing the fund, Apex Bank has committed to match the first $50,000 in private contributions to the fund.”
Her father-in-law also spoke Tuesday through an emotional open letter posted to his Facebook page. Click here to read his words.Click here for complete coverage of the Las Vegas attack.