Waffle House shooting victim passed away while singing gospel songs with her friend

Rodolfo Vieira
Apr 30, 2018
12:58 P.M.
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DeEbony Groves, who perished during the Waffle House shooting, was singing Jesus Loves Me when she was gunned down by Travis Reinking.


The fact was shared by Walt Ehmer, the restaurant chain's CEO at Groves' funeral service on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Although he didn't see it in person. he learned that Groves and her friend, Akilah DaSilva, 23, were singing the gospel song from a survivor in the hospital, as reported by Pop Culture.

While the identity of the survivor is yet to be revealed, Ehmer spoke of Groves' spirit, and how she managed to get everyone to sing along with her, and that that was worthy of remembering about her.


The CEO offered words of support to the young woman's family and friends, including her Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters, who, one by one, touched her casket.

Groves was a senior at Belmont University. Along with  DaSilva, Taurean C Sanderlin, a Waffle House employee, and Joe R. Perez, a customer, she was killed by the AR-15 rifle fire by Reinking.

The gunman appeared out of nowhere in the parking lot almost naked, wearing only a jacket. Reinking was able to hide from the authorities for 36 hours in the woods of Antioch before being captured.


Waffle House offered to play for the funeral services of the four victims, as well as the medical expenses of the two injured in the attack. The company also congratulated James Shaw for his bravery.

The 29-year-old was one of the customers inside the Waffle House at the time of the shooting. When Reinking stopped to reload the weapon, Shaw tackled him and disarmed him.

Over the next few days, he set up a GoFundMe page to help the victims of the shooting. The goal was to raise $15 000, but thanks to his actions, he was able to gather $208 000.

The Waffle House shooting was just another example of the gun violence that has been taking place in the U.S. Earlier this year, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire at Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people and injuring 14 others.

Since then, several movements have come forward asking for better gun regulation, but so far nothing has changed.