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Waffle House shooting victim returns home, fights to keep boyfriend’s memory alive

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Shantia "Tia" Waggoner, 22, was shot in the leg at the Waffle House in Antioch. Her boyfriend Akilah Dasilva died protecting her. (WSMV) Shantia "Tia" Waggoner, 22, was shot in the leg at the Waffle House in Antioch. Her boyfriend Akilah Dasilva died protecting her. (WSMV)
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After a month in the hospital, one of the victims injured in the deadly Antioch Waffle House shooting is at home recovering.

Shantia “Tia” Waggoner, 22, was shot in her leg and her boyfriend Akilah Dasilva died protecting her when bullets flew on April 22 at the Waffle House restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike.

Waggoner is focusing on keeping her boyfriend’s memory alive. She’s leaning on her family to get her through the emotional trauma and her difficult physical recovery.

“This past month has been hard. I just got out of the hospital maybe a week ago,” said Waggoner.

She depends on a wheelchair while her leg is in a cast, and it could be a year before she could learn to walk again. Her emotional wounds run deeper.

“Hearing (doctors) say ‘Oh you lost your leg,’ that’s a leg. I’m still living with my leg. Even without a leg, I’d still be OK, but (Dasilva) gone, there’s nothing that can replace that,” said Waggoner. “It’s been rough not having the person that I love the most. Losing him has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with.”

On Thursday, she and Dasilva’s family wore T-shirts honoring his memory with Dasilva’s photo printed on the front and music lyrics calling for no more guns on the back. Dasilva was a rapper and produced music in the Nashville community.

“He was against gun violence. His friends have been killed by gun violence, and that’s something that he was strongly against. His music was everything to him,” said Waggoner.

While she lives without the love of her life, Waggoner won’t let Dasilva’s name go on unheard.

“The fight will never end. Even when we’re long gone the fight will never end. It will live on,” said Waggoner.

She recently celebrated her 22nd birthday and told News4 it was a tough day since she usually spent it with Dasilva. She and others plan to return to the Waffle House to hold a candlelight vigil to remember the victims at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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