"That night, something broke in me. Something happened."
North Carolina native Eric Church addressed the Grand Ole Opry crowd Wednesday night and admitted that he didn't want to be there. Just days removed from his performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Church said he came to the Opry to honor the memory of a fallen concert attendee Sonny Melton.
He spoke of his interaction with fans at the Vegas show that he played on Friday- his last scheduled concert of 2017. He said writing the song helped him cope with the pain he was feeling.
"Those were my people. Those were my fans," an emotional, tearful Church said. "...What I saw, that moment in that time was frozen, there is no amount of bullets that can take that away."
Melton, a registered nurse from Big Sandy, TN, was killed Sunday night at the hands of the massacre gunman while protecting his wife. She told the media that Church was Melton's "guy" and they had tickets to see him perform at the Opry Wednesday.
Church noted that those seats were left empty in tribute and a song he debuted called "Why Not Me" was written for Melton and the other victims of the tragedy.
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