Mass shooting victim Sonny Melton welcomed home with police escort

BIG SANDY, Tenn. — Friends and family lined the streets of Benton County Saturday night to welcome Big Sandy resident Sonny Melton back home. He was given a police escort as he was transported back to his hometown.

Sonny was one of over 50 people who died in the mass shooting last Sunday in Las Vegas.

He was attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival with his wife, Dr. Heather Gulish-Melton, when she says he saved her life, acting as a human shield as bullets rained down on concertgoers.

Big Sandy has held a number of vigils for Sonny and has covered the town in green ribbons to show their respect for the couple and the man the Big Sandy community is calling a hometown hero.

Visitation hours will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Big Sandy High School gym.

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