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El Paso shooting: Khalid plans August benefit concert for Walmart victims, families

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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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Many El Pasoans were turned away Saturday after the mass shooting at Walmart in El Paso and asked to make an appointment to donate blood.
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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.

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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.

Victor Martinez along with his wife Nora Martinez and daughter Janelle Martinez, 11, grieve during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas.

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Twin sisters Jessica Torres, left, and Danielle Novoa hold an American flag during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas.

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Catholic Diocese of El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz leads a procession during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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El Pasoans cheer after a passionate prayer by Catholic Dioces of El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas.

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El Pasoans join hands and pray during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas, a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 25 more.

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El Pasoans became emotional during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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Bishops from across the borderland offer prayers during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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Danza San Marcos prays together before the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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Danza San Marcos leads a procession in to the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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A family prays together during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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Manuel Diaz signs a poster remembering his cousin, Daniel Rodriguez, who was killed as the two shopped together at Walmart during the Hope Border Institute prayer vigil Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas, a day after the mass shooting at a Walmart store killed more than 20 people and injured more than two dozen others.

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Mamy Garcia comforts his girlfriend Jackie Saucedo during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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Thousands of El Pasoans turned out for the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas.

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El Pasoans pray during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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Messages of hope were abundant at the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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El Pasoans grieve during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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Presidential candidate and El Pasoan Beto O’Rourke prays during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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Aquantances of Juarez Principal Elsa Mendoza Marquez hold up a photo during the Hope Border Institute Prayer Vigil August, 4, 2019 in El Paso, Texas a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store killed 22 people and wounded 24 more.

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El Pasoans sang and prayed at a vigil at Ponder Park for the victims and families impacted by a shooting at an East-Central El Paso Walmart.

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María Cortés González covers entertainment and trending news in the El Paso area. She may be reached at 915-546-6150; mgonzalez@elpasotimes.com; @EPTMaria on Twitter. Support more coverage like this with a subscription.

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