Mark McCrazy

Khalid announces benefit concert for El Paso mass shooting victims

R&B star Khalid announced on Monday that he will be holding a benefit concert later this month to support the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, which took place on Saturday.

“Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking of ways to help out and support the city,” the El-Paso native tweeted. “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.”

The death toll from the mass shooting, which took place at a Walmart, rose to 22 after two more victims died in the hospital, police said. More than two dozen people were wounded.

The Grammy-nominated artist has strong ties to the community and often pays tribute to his hometown on tour.

“Over the past few days, my mind and heart have been heavy. 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 said in a tweet.

The singer brought up El Paso during a performance in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night.