A somber gathering was held at Tennessee State University on Tuesday night.
President Donald Trump called James Shaw Jr. this week to commend him for his successful disarming of an active shooter near a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tenn.
"I really believe I'd run in there even if I didn't have a weapon", Trump said, as reported by NBC News.
In the aftermath of the shooting, Shaw set up a GoFundMe account for the victims' families. In the end, he collected $241,826 - an amount that will be split evenly among the families.
Reinking, 29, is charged with four counts of criminal homicide, four counts of attempted homicide and one count of having a firearm while committing a unsafe felony in connection with the shooting. Four balloons were later released on the university's campus in remembrance of those killed.
Shaw has said he plans to use the notoriety he's receiving as a platform to address gun violence and mental illness issues.
Renee Hampton, aunt of Sharita Henderson, who was injured in the Waffle House shooting, hugs James Shaw, Jr. "His genuine concern for the well-being of others is a tribute to his parents, who are also TSU alumni".
Shaw said he was moved by the public recognition.
According to the Washington Times, Shaw later admitted that he was just thinking about saving himself when he made the split-second decision to try to wrest the gun away from Reinking. "For that, I am greatly, greatly appreciative".