The country is still reeling from the nation’s worst mass shooting; 58 people lost their lives and another 400+ were injured, but survived. On top of the physical issues, many of the injured are dealing with the emotional distress often associated with surviving while others perished. One country music star wrote a song to honor the victims and what they are going through.
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Eric Church, who was a headliner at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, wrote a song to honor the victims called, “Why Not Me?”
On Wednesday, during a performance of the song at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, Church began the emotional tribute, saying, “Those were my people. Those were my fans.”
According to the New York Daily News, Church left two seats empty for Sonny Melton and his wife Heather. Sonny, who lived in Tennessee, was killed during the shooting. Heather, on the other hand, survived with minor injuries. Sonny died as he shielded his wife from the bullets that were raining down upon the crowd, according to the Washington Post.
The two were such fans of Church that they’d traveled to Las Vegas and had also purchased tickets to see Church’s Grand Ole Opry performance the following week back in Tennessee.
Church reminisced before the shooting saying nothing would take away his good memories of the fans he saw at the concert. “I saw that crowd. I saw them with their hands in the air . . . and what I saw, that moment in time, was frozen. There’s no amount of bullets that can take it away.”
“That night, something broke in me, on Sunday when that happened,” he said as he tried to compose himself. “And the only way I’ve ever fixed anything that’s been broken in me is with music. So I wrote a song.”
On Sunday, Stephen Paddock, 64, broke out the windows of his hotel room that overlooked the music festival and began shooting into the crowd. He committed suicide before law enforcement was able to apprehend him.
So many people at the festival have emerged as heroes for their valiant acts. One hero, Taylor Winston, 29, commandeered a utility truck and began loading the seriously wounded into the backseat and the bed of the truck. He saved over 30 people, according to Fox News.
Sonny Melton is another hero. He saved who probably mattered most to him – his wife.