Friday marks fourth anniversary of Waffle House shooting

Victims were remembered four years later following this deadly shooting.
Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 1:46 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Friday marks four years since the murder of four people inside a Waffle House in Antioch.

At 5 p.m., a candlelight vigil was held for the victims of the deadly shooting at 1 Public Square in Nashville.

In February, Travis Reinking was sentenced to life in prison without parole after he was found guilty on 17 counts in connection with the shooting, including four counts of first-degree murder.

Reinking walked into a Waffle House restaurant on Murfreesboro Pike in Antioch on April 22, 2018, and opened fire on the patrons, killing four of them. James Shaw Jr. tackled Reinking while reloading his rifle and prevented more people.

The victims killed in the attack were 29-year-old Taurean Sanderlin, 20-year-old Joe Perez, 21-year-old DeEbony Groves, and 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva.

Reinking was arrested after hiding in a wooded area close to the scene a day later.

At the vigil, News spoke with Akilah’s brother, Abede DaSilva, about what today meant for him, especially now that Reinking has been sentenced.

“It’s been a long four years. Finally, we got justice. It’s been hard. I’m trying to make it more of a happy day than more of a sad day,” said DaSilva. “Definitely a relief. Especially for my family. My mom, she was worried about it. I knew what the outcome was going to be, but she was really worried about it. Just being a mother. So we’re really happy about the verdict.”

DaSilva told News4 what went through his mind when the verdict was read.

“Ecstatic. Just really just overwhelming, but at the same time, a sense of relief. Because it’s been four years, you don’t know if you’re going to be alive to make it to even see that justice. So I was just worried about you know tomorrow is not promised. So I’m happy to see my brother got justice that he deserved,” DaSilva said.

The vigil included Akilah’s music that spoke against gun violence during the memorial as his brothers and mother called on Tennessee lawmakers to consider passing new gun laws,

District Attorney Glenn Funk was also present at the memorial. The DaSilva family presented him as well as other Nashville District Attorneys awards, thanking them for bringing justice to the victims’ families.

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