James Shaw Jr. becomes hero twice - the second time as a fundraiser

Four people died in the shooting, but police said that if it weren't for Shaw's actions - he grabbed the hot barrel of the shooter's AR-15 and took it away - the bloodshed could have been much more severe.

Hundreds of people thronged the First Baptist Church in Gallatin, Tennessee on Friday, some hugging and crying, as they paid their respects to Groves, a senior at Belmont University.

"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. Henderson and Groves reportedly belonged to the same sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.

The 29-year-old AT&T worker and father of a 4-year-old girl recounted to ABC News how he hid behind a door near the Waffle House's bathroom as he eyed the alleged suspect, Travis Reinking, who was reloading his weapon.

He also offered words of support for family and friends at the funeral.


Groves' brother, DiAngelo Groves, sang "The Will of God". "I just want to sing this for my sister". "I'm not a singer ..."

"And (they) spoke of your daughter and her friend, and said they were singing gospel songs". "I was just trying to get myself out".

Previously, Waffle House offered to pay for the funerals of all four of the victims killed. "And everybody was singing and enjoying each other".

Authorities said Shaw's bravery saved numerous lives, but he has refused to call himself a hero, saying only that he stood up to the gunman to save his own life.

"If you look around you, her life speaks for itself", Juan Rodriguez, pastor at Grace Tabernacle Christian Center, where Groves attended, told the audience, The Tennessean wrote.


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