Rising R&B/pop star Khalid wants to give back to his hometown after the deadly mass shooting plagued the city this past weekend.
While the “Young Dumb & Broke” singer was born in Georgia, he moved to El Paso during high school and now calls the city home; last year, he even received the keys to El Paso from Mayor Dee Margo for his connection with the city. In an effort to give back to the community, he will be holding a benefit concert for the families of the shooting victims. The concert, which does not have an exact date at this time, is slated to take place later this month.
“Over the past few days, my mind and heart have been heavy,” Khalid wrote on social media last night. “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.”
He explained that he had been thinking of a way to support the city and decided on a benefit concert where all the proceeds will go to families who were affected by the shooting, noting that he is “sending everyone my love and will keep you guys updated.” Additionally, he mentioned that he is sending his love to Dayton, Ohio, which was the forefront of another mass shooting this past weekend.
On Saturday, 22 people were killed and 26 were injured during a mass shooting inside a Walmart Supercenter in El Paso after a man with an AK-style semiautomatic rifle began to open fire. According to The Washington Post, the 21-year-old shooter has been charged with capital murder and police are investigating the shooting, which may be a case of domestic terrorism and hate crime. The El Paso shooting is one of the three mass shootings that took place over one week in the U.S.
Khalid is currently on his first headlining North American tour in support of his sophomore album, Free Spirit.