Khalid announces benefit concert for families of El Paso victims
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Singer Khalid on Tuesday announced a benefit concert for his adopted hometown of El Paso, Texas, to raise money for the families and victims of the mass shooting there earlier this month that left 22 people dead and dozens more injured.

“In support of his hometown of El Paso and in response to the tragic mass shooting on August 3, 2019, Khalid will be raising funds through this concert and t-shirt sales to support the El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund and the El Paso Community Foundation,” Khalid’s charity organization, The Great Khalid Foundation, shared on its website.

The Sept. 1 concert, titled “A Night For Suncity” after El Paso’s nickname, will be hosted by Khalid’s foundation and the Right Hand Foundation. It will feature the artist and it will take place at the University of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center.


“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 reported by Pitchfork on Tuesday.

Khalid, who finished high school in the city, said he wanted to give back to the city that "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," he added.

The artist shared a photo of the shirts that will also raise money for the victims and their families. It says “forever from the city of the 915” on the front of the shirt, and the back shows a cartoon drawing of Khalid holding the state of Texas and sitting on an El Paso sign with flags from multiple countries.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. MDT on LiveNation's website.

The site also included a link to donate directly to the El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund.

The artist tweeted last week that he wanted to hold the concert and said his "mind and heart have been heavy," calling the shooting "an act of terrorism."