R&B superstar Khalid announced the details of a September benefit concert he will hold in El Paso to support those who lost loved ones in the Walmart massacre.
The concert — named “A Night for Sanctity” — will be held Sunday, Sept. 1 at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center.
Proceeds will support the El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund and the El Paso Community Foundation.
“I have been rocked to the core by the horrific act of gun violence that came to El Paso, and by the continued acts of senseless violence that our country faces daily,” Khalid said in a statement. “I want to give back to my community of El Paso, the city of the 915, who has given so much to me. Please come out and let’s heal together through music while raising money to help those who need it.”.
Khalid, who moved around the country with his military parents while growing up, ended up in the Texas border city for his senior year of high school.
In the wake of the Aug. 3 mass shooting, he took to Twitter to share his grief and announce that he was planning a concert.
“Over the past few days, my mind and heart have been heavy,” the singer-songwriter wrote. “Hearing/seeing an act of terrorism happen so close to home, my family, and my friends has been unbelievable and shocking. Singing ‘915’ and ‘City of El Paso’ on tour every night feels indescribable.”
The Great Khalid Foundation — the artist’s namesake non-profit organization — gave backpacks to all sixth graders at the local Terrace Hills Middle School Monday.
“We’re overjoyed,” Khalid’s mother, Linda Wolfe, executive director of the foundation, told local outlet KFOX14. “We’re always glad to give back and to see the reaction in the kids, you know, getting the gift. It’s our gift.”
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