America woke up to a massive tragedy. A gunman opened fire at a country music festival. 58 people’s lives were cut tragically short, and over 500 injured. Despite the monstrous display of evil, there are stories of heroism emerging.
One story in particular is of Sonny Melton, who gave up his life protecting his wife, Heather Gulish Melton. Like the thousands in attendance of the country music festival, Sonny and Melton were there to enjoy good music and enjoy each other. But when gunfire opened, those hopes were shattered.
“He saved my life,” Heather Melton told USA Today. “He grabbed me from behind and started running when I felt him get shot in the back.”
She had to break the news that the love of her life was killed, on Facebook. She shared,
“lost my true love and knight in shining armor. I appreciate the prayers but I just need some time. I want everyone to know what a kind hearted loving man he was but at this point I can barely breathe,”
Jesus said in John 15:13
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Sonny and Heather were only married for a year, and shared about their relationship on 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.”
Sonny was a registered nurse, and his wife is a doctor. Some of Sonny’s friends were able to be reached to speak about him, to let the world know what kind of person he really was.
Jess Kelly, one such friend spoke about how Sonny was always full of live. Sonny always said that he was, “living the dream.”
“That was what he’d always say when we saw each other,” Kelly said with a laugh. “I live in Jackson now working for the state, and he’d drop by and see me and I’d tell him I missed hanging out with him more when we were in college.”
He said Sonny loved Heather more than anything…
“He’d just tell me, ‘Man I’m living the dream. [Heather] was his world, and I talked to her this morning,” Kelly said. “She said he’s the reason she’s alive right now.”
In the face of evil, we saw true love on display last night. And no doubt we’ll continue to hear stories of heroism as the days go on.
It’s times like these that really remind us to make every single day count.