Shortly after the shooting started at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, a friend of Sonny Melton posted a note on his Facebook page.
"Hoping y'all are ok man!!!"
It wasn't long before Melton's page took a painful turn. What started as concern over his safety quickly turned into a stream of prayers, well wishes, and disbelief that the registered nurse from Tennessee was among the more than 50 victims in Sunday's mass shooting.
Melton attended the music festival with his wife, Heather Gulish Melton, who confirmed he was one of the victims, but said she was not yet ready to share his story.
"I want everyone to know what a kind hearted loving man he was but at this point I can barely breathe," she wrote to USA TODAY.
According to his Facebook page, Melton lives in Big Sandy, Tenn., and was a registered nurse at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The couple married in June 2016, according to the wedding website The Knot.
"We were the couple that never should have met, fallen in love or had a future together....but life is funny and we believe God brought us together as soul mates," read their wedding page. "We have shared amazing times together and nearly unbearable heartaches but through it all we have grown stronger in our love for each other and our families."
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