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Big Sandy remembers beloved man killed in Las Vegas massacre

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Family members have confirmed Sonny Melton was killed in the shooting. (Source: Facebook) Family members have confirmed Sonny Melton was killed in the shooting. (Source: Facebook)
BIG SANDY, TN (WSMV) -

Burgers are still on the grill at Kelly's Kafe and Dave Farmer is still getting ready for the regulars at his barbershop.

But in a place where families are so close, you don't have to walk far in Big Sandy to see how deeply they've been hit by tragedy. 

"Mowed my mother's yard for a couple years," recalled Farmer. 

Everywhere are ribbons, signs...all things showing the amount of respect they have for Sonny Melton, the young nurse who died protecting his wife at the Route 91 Harvest Festival festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

"Sonny graduated with my oldest daughter," said Michelle Cooke, another local. "Hugged me every time he saw me...no matter where we were."

Melton is one of 59 dead and hundreds injured in the largest mass shooting in American history. 

"You wouldn't expect someone from Big Sandy to be caught in a mass shooting," Farmer said. 

"When they told me, I was in disbelief...total disbelief," Cooke recalled.

The streets are quieter in Big Sandy today than normal. Some shops closed early. 

It's because so many were at Big Sandy School, celebrating Melton's life. 

"We're little...but we're mighty," Cooke explained. "Everybody loved him."

For them, this visitation is the most important place they could be. 

"If Sonny wasn't the type of person he was...you wouldn't see this type of turnout for just anybody, Farmer said. "It does indicate just how well thought of Sonny was."

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