One of the survivors of the Waffle House shooting lost his brother at the scene, and he said his brother should be remembered as a passionate musician who loved his family.
Akilah DaSilva, 23, was known to some as the rapper Natrix Dream, and he had dreams of his own.
“He was a videographer, audio engineer. I was like, ‘Wow you got me.’ I can rap, but I can’t do all that other stuff. He learned it so quick, but he’s always been big on stuff like that. Anything with technology, he’s been a quick learner,” Abede Dasilva, Akilah Dasilva’s older brother.
Abede Dasilva was sitting beside his brother when the shooter showed up, and they split when gunfire erupted.
“All I could think while I’m hiding is where’s my brother. I’m thinking what’s going on you know what I mean,” said Dasilva. “It don’t even feel real yet, like I don’t even know. My mind is in different places.”
Akilah was supportive of local talent in Nashville’s music scene. And his brother doesn’t want others to forget his name.
“He was smart, compassionate, very humble, very talented creative. Everybody that knows him and knows his work, if y’all support him, we’re going to keep pushing his music,” said Dasilva.
Akilah’s mother said she has a lot of family members supporting them, and it’s been very difficult time coming to grips with what happened.
The other shooting victims include 20-year-old Joe Perez, and his mother posted on Facebook that it was the “hardest day of my life” and “our lives are shattered.”
Taurean Sanderlin, 29, was a cook at Waffle House, and from Goodlettsville.
DeEbony Groves, 21, was a senior at Belmont University and a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
Her college said she was full of potential and cared about social justice issues.
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