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Waffle House shooting victims identified

Waffle House shooting victims include star athlete, musician, and college student.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 11:48 AM
Updated: Apr 24, 2018 11:51 AM

Family and Friends are mourning the loss of four victims shot and killed at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.

The gunman accused of killing four people at a Nashville-area Waffle House was arrested Monday after a frantic manhunt, police said.

A tip from the community led to Travis Reinking's arrest in a wooded area near his Nashville apartment, Metro Nashville Police said.

He was booked into Metro jail Monday night on four counts of criminal homicide. He is now being held on a $2,000,000 Bond.

Two people are still recovering in the hospital.

Akilah DaSilva , 23

DaSilva was shot while eating inside the Waffle House. He died after being transported to a hospital.

DaSilva, who went by the nickname “Natrix,” was originally from Brooklyn, New York, according to his Facebook profile.

He was a musician and music video producer, The Tennessean reports.

“He had a smile that could light up a room and a laugh that would warm your heart,” DaSilva’s family said in a statement.

“He embodied compassion and had a zeal for life. A loving son and selfless friend, he was a beacon of hope, love, and strength in his family."

DaSilva’s girlfriend, 21-year-old Shanita Waggoner, was injured in the shooting.

Taurean Sanderlin, 29

Sanderlin was a cook at the Waffle House. According to a report, He was taking a break outside, where he was shot to death when the gunman opened fire.

According to the Tennessean, Sanderlin worked at Waffle House for five years. He transferred to the Waffle House where the shooting took place five months ago.

Sanderlin's cousin, Tiffany Sanderlin posted the following statement on Facebook :

“The senselessness that continues to happen will not be overlooked and we will not allow the enemy to take victory,” We celebrate the Life he [led] and take refuge in the person he was.”

DeEbony Groves, 21

Groves, a senior at Belmont University, was shot to death inside the restaurant. She was a star athlete and an industrious student, according to her high school basketball coach Kim Kendrick.

Groves is described as a hard working person who held two jobs, working shifts when she could step away from her classes and homework.

“She was a brilliant young lady, very, very intelligent and a very hard worker,” Kendrick told The Tennessean. “She was a very likable young lady. She was one of three seniors on her team, and she was a great role model for the other players because of her hard work and dedication to her studies and to her school.”

Groves studied social work at Belmont University. She was also a member Delta Sigma Theta sorority, according to the university’s student newspaper.


Perez was a customer killed outside the Waffle House. According to family, Perez grew up in Buda, Tex., just outside of Austin.

He moved to Nashville after graduating high school in 2016 to work with one of his two brothers at an appliance store. His mother, Patricia, said that she had last spoken to him on Saturday night.

“I told him to be careful because he was out late,” she said. “And he said he would.”

“And then a few hours later, he was gone,” she said. She later posted the following message on Facebook:

“Please say a prayer for my family for today is the hardest day of my life,” his mother, Trisha Perez, wrote in a Facebook post. “My husband and sons are broken right now with this loss. Our lives are shattered.”

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