These Are The Slain Victims Of The Waffle House Shooting
Say their names.
Four young men and women are dead after a heinous shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday. The killer, 29-year-old Travis Reinking, is still at large and has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s "Top 10 Most Wanted" list.
Taurean Sanderlin, Joe R. Perez, Akilah Dasilva and DeEbony Groves were all young people of color with bright futures ahead of them whose lives were cut short in Sunday’s senseless act of violence. While there has been no formal word on the motivation behind these killings, locals believe it to be a racially motivated hate crime.
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Local residents are telling me they believe the Waffle House gunman targeted victims of color on purpose and that it was a hate crime.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 23, 2018'
The victims—Akilah Dasilva, DeEbony Groves, Joe Perez & Taurean Sanderlin—have not even been mentioned by Trump - just like in Austin. pic.twitter.com/PKKDxIJ54z
Taurean Sanderlin, 29
According to the Tennessean, Taurean Sanderlin worked at the Waffle House as a cook for the past five years.
HE HAS A NAME: 29 year old, Taurean Sanderlin was a victim of a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) April 23, 2018'
He was a cook at the Waffle House. pic.twitter.com/t7a2hiqX1i
SHE HAS A NAME: 21 year old, DeEbony Groves was a victim of a mass shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) April 23, 2018'
She was a student at Belmont University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. pic.twitter.com/BvoZ3IaZZt
“When he came in, I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill. I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him.”