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Waffle House shooting victims died singing gospel songs



At the funeral of 21-year-old DeEbony Groves, Walt Ehmer recounted what a survivor told him before the April 22 attack. Groves and her friend sang gospel songs, said survivor Ehmer.

  Shooting victim DeEbony Groves

"We went and visited with the survivors, and they talked about the people who were in this restaurant before what happened, and especially remembered theirs Daughter ", Ehmer

" And they spoke of your daughter and her friend and said they sang gospel songs, and all sang and enjoyed each other, and she said, 'The last thing I remember was singing Jesus loves me . "

His words met with applause and Hallelujah's.

Ehmer also offered words of support and comfort to friends and family at the funeral.

"You will stand it because I know that this is a very strong, faithful community," he told them.

Groves, a senior at Belmont University, was traveling with her Delta Sigma in the city to Theta Sororities before they go to Waffle House, according to CNN affiliate WKRN-TV. She and 23-year-old Akilah DaSilva were killed in the restaurant after the shooter pulled an assault rifle.

"I can only tell you that our Waffle House family hurts for you and with you," said Ehmer

Waffle House employee Taurean C. Sanderlin and customer Joe R. Perez were shot dead in front of the restaurant.
Defendant shooter Travis Reinking was charged with crimes in four cases. He also faces four cases of attempted murder and a count of illegal possession of weapons as part of a violent crime.

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