Mom Of Waffle House Victim Gets Standing Ovation As She Walks Across The Stage To Accept Her Late Daughter’s Diploma

Posted On : May 7, 2018

We continue to pray for the victims of the horrific shooting at a Nashville Waffle House.

The grief-stricken mother of one of the fatalities accepted her daughter’s diploma during a commencement ceremony, Saturday.

Shirl Baker received a standing ovation as she walked across the stage in her daughter, DeEbony Groves’ honor at Belmont University.

DeEbony Groves Was Honored By The University President

Belmont University President Robert Fisher said at the ceremony: ‘Almost two weeks ago, our community suffered an unimaginable loss.

‘While our hearts were broken, today we have the chance to celebrate DeEbony’s life together.’ 

DeEbony Loved To Sing

Fischer also told the crowd how Groves would find comfort and peace by singing the hymn ‘Yes Jesus Loves Me’.

‘That’s the higher power that inspired the last reported words of DeEbony Groves,’ Fisher said.

‘She and her friend were singing “Yes Jesus Loves Me” just before she departed that Waffle House for heaven’s gate.’


DeEbony Majored In Social Work

Twenty-one-year-old Groves majored in social work.

She was sadly one of the four people killed when a gunman opened fire at the restaurant on April 22. 

Her brother, Di’Angelo Groves, also received his diploma on Saturday.

He wiped away tears when university officials announced a social work scholarship in his sister’s honor.

The shooter – Travis Reinking – is facing multiple charges, including four counts of criminal homicide.