Henry County community honors Las Vegas, Texas shooting victims

- Hundreds of people packed a Henry County church Sunday evening to come together in support of those impacted by the Las Vegas and Texas shootings.

Greg Cannon, co-owner of Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors in McDonough, decided to organize the event so that people in the community could show they will not let fear rule their lives, even in the wake of yet another mass casualty shooting.

"It doesn't matter if it's a lone gunman, it doesn't matter if it's a terrorist group," said Cannon.  "We refuse to live in fear and we stand united to support each other."

The featured speaker for Sunday's event was Dr. Heather Melton who lost her husband, Sonny Melton, in the shooting.

"We turn to run. He wraps his arms around me and I feel the impact of a bullet into his body and we go down," Melton recalled.  

She decided early on that the best way to honor her husband's life was to share her story and remind people that there is far more good in the world than bad.   She encouraged people to choose love over hate and light over darkness. 

"What will define me, us, and this nation is our actions in the face of adversity, grief, and heartache," said Dr. Melton.

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