Singer and songwriter Khalid — full name Khalid Donnel Robinson — who is from El Paso, Texas, says that he’s planning a benefit concert following this weekend’s deadly massacre.
A mass murder suspect opened fire on Walmart shoppers on Saturday, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens more.
What did Khalid say?
In an emotional Twitter post, the performer expressed his sorrow over Saturday’s incident.
“Over the past few days, my mind and heart have been heavy,” he 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 Grammy-nominated performer went on to reveal that he has a special plan in the works — a benefit concert, with all proceeds of the show to benefit families impacted by the massacre.
“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,” he revealed. “Sending everyone my love and will keep you guys updated.”
Khalid also sent his condolences to the city of Dayton, Ohio, which saw its own mass killing over the weekend.
A gunman opened fire on a crowd at a bar in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens more.
The performer tweeted, “Also, sending my love to Dayton, Ohio[.] America is hurting right now.”
This isn’t the first time Khalid has given back to the El Paso community: His Great Khalid Foundation has provided scholarships to students within the Socorro Independent School District in El Paso.
Of the non-profit, Khalid said, “I created a foundation that supports music [and] schools in underserved communities. It starts in El Paso and my goal is to provide resources and help bridge education and prominent music programs in the city.”
Khalid, who grew up in a military that ended up in the Texas city before his senior year of high school, said that it felt like home when his family arrived.
“I didn’t feel like I had a home until I moved to El Paso,” he told USA Today. “The love and the friendships I made were influential. El Paso is where I started. I don’t feel like I’d be making the music I’m making now if I hadn’t gone there.”