Vigil held for 18-year-old shooting victim killed on MTSU campus

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – This is considered a happy occasion, high school graduation, an important milestone in a young person’s life. Instead, for the 12th graders at Riverdale High School, and those who loved them, the night was made worse by tragedy.

Sunny Gant, 18, is loved by many, whose mother describes him as funny and lovable. He was a footballer, and a best friend to his brothers, now gone.

Less than 10 minutes from the site of the shooting, time stood still, while friends and family took a second to share their favorite memories in a vigil held in honor Sunny Gant.

Will Krisky, Riverdale Head Coach, said: “Sunny always had a smile on her face, the sun always brightened the room.

“I think I will miss the most, that is the positivity. I will miss that the most,” said Natalie Gant, as she recalled her favorite moments of her son. “He just had a smile on his face and was always ready to laugh and joke, he was a prankster, he knew better than to prank me but he always had this light.”

Gant likes to think about the good times, but sometimes it’s hard not to remember the phone call from her son that changed her life.

“He was like ‘you need to go to Murfreesboro,’ and I was like ‘for what, what’s going on?’ and he was like ‘Sunny got shot.’ In a mother’s mind, it can’t be my son,” Gant said. “On the drive there, you are literally rationalizing in your mind like ‘this isn’t real, this isn’t my baby, they confused my baby for someone else, this isn’t my baby. .'”

Less than 24 hours after the shooting occurred outside the Murphy Center, after Riverdale’s graduation, all anyone could think about was their love for a smiley 18-year-old girl.

“He was really like family to me,” said CJ Johnson, a friend and teammate of Sunny. “He was just funny. That’s one word I can describe him. “

“There is a lot of negativity going on in today’s society and Sunny always sees the positive, he always looks at the positive, it could be the worst case scenario out there and Sunny will make it. positive and he always makes you laugh,” said Krisky.

Sometimes during the vigil the words are hard to find, but the message is clear, that Sunny is being missed.

“They told me someone had been shot, I was thinking oh okay, I guess we’ll get through it, but when it hits the house like that you don’t know how close it can get to the house. no, and then I heard Sunny’s name and I didn’t think I could cry anymore. I heard Sunny’s name and I cried,” Johnson said.

During these dark times, it’s hard to smile, but when friends want to laugh, they simply think about Sunny, and how funny he was. His mother told News 2 if she could say something to her son now, “like right now I wish he would listen to me, but I love you Sunny. I will miss you and I know you’re mad at me for crying because I always told him it’s better not to cry for me, you better come back to me, you better celebrate me, celebrate my life and I know that’s his thing. want. ”

https://www.wkrn.com/news/local-news/murfreesboro/vigil-held-for-18-year-old-shooting-victim-killed-on-mtsu-campus/ Vigil held for 18-year-old shooting victim killed on MTSU campus

Alley Einstein

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