Local veteran shot and killed while trying to stop domestic dispute outside IHOP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A young father and Air Force veteran was the man shot and killed outside an IHOP restaurant Sunday morning. Police said he was murdered while breaking up a domestic violence incident.

Family confirmed that 27-year old Devin Wilson was killed.

Devin Wilson died while defending a woman who was a complete stranger. She was allegedly being choked and beaten by her ex-boyfriend.

Wilson stopped that attack, but he was shot by the ex-boyfriend.

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The Air Force veteran died a hero.

"He had a big heart, and it was his big heart that unfortunately led him to his death bed," Katina Rounds, Devin's mother, said. "I wasn't surprised when they said just trying to help somebody. A woman being attacked."

Mother's Day will never be the same for Katina Rounds. Instead of celebrating with her outgoing middle son on Sunday, she was grieving over his death.

"Having to come here and explain to his six-year-old child that sees everybody here and sees people crying and she keep saying, 'Tina what's wrong with everybody?' And we're waiting on her mom to get here so we can tell her she's never going to see her daddy again alive,” Rounds told FOX13. “The last conversation she had with him was the last conversation she will ever have. How would anyone feel? But unfortunately so many people are dealing with that every day."

Memphis Police are still actively searching for the suspect who shot and killed Wilson.

"He just didn't have to kill my baby. He didn't have to kill him. Every day we hear on the news about gun fire. Somebody getting shot. Somebody shooting. It's just such a norm," Rounds said. "Nowadays people put such low value on life itself. They're taking lives as if they are stepping on a bug."

Most people will never meet Devin Wilson. But know this about him: he tried to make Memphis better.

"That's Devin, the guy with a big old heart. That's him. That's my baby,” Rounds said.

Wilson was not the only person shot at IHOP. A security guard was also hit but did not die from his injuries.

Wilson's family has set up a GoFundMe in support of his young children.