NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four people were killed when a nearly nude gunman, armed with an AR-15, opened fire at a Nashville, Tennessee, Waffle House Sunday.
Travis Reinking, is the suspected shooter, was arrested Monday afternoon after police got a tip about a man crossing into a wooded area near the Waffle House.
Those killed have been identified as Akilah DaSilva, 23, DeEbony Groves, 21, Joe R. Perez, 20, and Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29. Two others, Shanita Waggoner, 21, and Sharita Henderson, 24, were injured.
Here is what we know about the victims.
DaSilva was at the restaurant with his older brother and Waggonner, his girlfriend of five years. He was critically wounded at the restaurant and later died at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
The 23-year-old was a musical engineering student at Middle Tennessee State University and a musician who went by the stage name Natrix, his mother, Shaundell Brooks, told WTVF.
The family released the following statement on DaSilva:
A GoFundMe page has been created by the family. It has surpassed its $10,000 goal.
“The entire campus community is shocked and devastated by how such senseless violence has taken the life of this young woman, an individual full of immense potential,” the school said in a statement. “We extend our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends as they come to terms with unimaginable grief.”
Groves’ grandmother, Carolyn Groves, told the NYT she would always find time to visit her.
“She was a sweetheart,” Groves said of her granddaughter.
Police told The Tennessean Henderson is in critical but stable condition.
Delta Sigma Theta president Beverly E. Smith said in a statement that the sorority will mourn the injuries and loss of life.
“Sorors, we will honor those who have lost their lives or who have been affected by gun violence by raising our voices, casting our votes and standing on the side of justice in our communities,” Smith said. “We mourn this loss today, but we will not let this act of violence silence our will to do what is right.”
Joe R. Perez
The Associated Press reported that, according to a police statement, Perez, 20, was killed in the parking lot of the Waffle House with Taurean Sanderlin, 29.
"Please say a prayer for my family for today is the hardest day of my life," the post said. "Me, my husband and sons are broken right now with this loss. Our lives are shattered."
The New York Times reported that Perez moved to Nashville to work with one of his two older brothers after graduating from Hays High School in 2016. He was supposed to pick up his mother from the airport Wednesday when she visited him in Nashville. She last spoke to him Saturday night.
“I will never see him again,” Patricia Perez aid. “He was my baby.”
Taurean C. Sanderlin
Sanderlin, a Waffle House employee, was killed in the restaurant parking lot with Joe Perez, The AP reported.
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