María Cortés González, El Paso Times
Published 1:20 p.m. MT Aug. 5, 2019 | Updated 7:29 a.m. MT Aug. 7, 2019
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R&B singer Khalid announced he will perform a benefit concert for the families affected by the mass shooting at an East-Central El Paso Walmart on Saturday.
In a tweet, Khalid said he has been thinking about the shooting, which is being investigated as possible domestic terrorism and a hate crime, in his hometown over the past couple of days and how he can help and support his city.
The singer, who is on tour for his sophomore album, “Free Spirit,” sings about being from El Paso and the 915, which is the city’s area code, in his songs.
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Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking of ways to help out and support the city.
I’m planning for a benefit concert later this month, all of the proceeds will go to the families affected by the shooting. Sending everyone my love and will keep you guys updated
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) August 5, 2019
Khalid said he plans to have the benefit concert later in August. All of the proceeds will go to the families affected by the shooting, he said.
The singer, who graduated from Americas High School, is known for giving back to his community. His Great Khalid Foundation has given scholarships to Socorro Independent School District students.
The foundation recently has been collecting back to school supplies for hundreds of middle school students. Representatives from the foundation were handing out backpacks with supplies at Jane Hambric school on the East Side.
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