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Waffle House shooting victim sang 'Jesus Loves Me' as she was murdered

DiAngelo Groves sings during the funeral of his sister DeEbony Groves, who was killed in Sunday's Antioch Waffle House shooting Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Gallatin, Tenn. (Larry McCormack /The Tennessean via AP)
DiAngelo Groves sings during the funeral of his sister DeEbony Groves, who was killed in Sunday's Antioch Waffle House shooting Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Gallatin, Tenn. (Larry McCormack /The Tennessean via AP)

As bullets tore through the bodies of four people last week at a Tennessee Waffle House, it's what they were doing when they died that has stuck with family friends.

According to The Tennessean, one of the victims, 21-year-old DeEbony Groves, was singing "Jesus Loves Me" when she was shot to death by a man who police identified as Travis Reinking.

Reinking, 29, is accused of opening gunfire at the quiet restaurant on April 22, according to the Associated Press. He then bolted from the eatery naked.

The local newspaper reported that Groves, a senior at Belmont University, was described as having a tender spirit and a strong Christian faith.

About 160 law enforcement officials had been involved in the search for Travis Reinking, 29, who officials said used an AR-15 rifle to carry out a deadly shooting in Nashville on Sunday morning.

"We went and visited with the survivors, and they talked about the people who were in that restaurant before what happened happened, and specifically remembered your daughter," said Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer at the funeral service, CNN reported. "And (they) spoke of your daughter and her friend, and said they were singing gospel songs. And everybody was singing and enjoying each other and she said, 'The last thing I remember her saying was, singing Jesus Loves Me.'"

Reiking is being held on suicide watch at a Nashville maximum security jail on four counts of criminal homicide, four counts of attempted homicide and one count of having a firearm while committing a felony.

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