Khalid Raises Half a Million Dollars for the El Paso Victims


Alejandra Molina

Khalid performs Twenty One for the Khalid & Friends benefit concert at the Don Haskins Center Sunday Sept. 1, 2019.

Anahy Diaz, Contributor

Khalid, the  singer who has constantly expressed his love for the city of El Paso, held a benefit concert that reportedly raised $500,000 for the victims of the Cielo Vista Walmart shooting. 

“A Night for SunCity” was hosted by the Khalid Foundation and Right Hand Foundation on Sept.1, with its ticket and merchandise sales revenue being solely donated to the El Paso Community Foundation’s El Paso Shooting Victims Fund. 

“Last night we raised $500, 000 for the El Paso Community Foundation! Thank you so much for all of the support,” tweeted the R&B singer a day after the sold-out concert. 

The El Paso Community Foundation responded to the 21-year-old’s contribution with a Facebook post that read, “Thank you Khalid for your generous spirit. You truly embody what it means to be from the 915!” 

Khalid lived in El Paso for two years and has referred to the city as his hometown since, dedicating and referencing it in many of his songs such as “SunCity”, “American Teen” and “Winter.” 

The event, which was held just weeks after the city experienced a mass shooting that killed  22 people and injured several others, consisted of special guests including actor Matthew McConaughey, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and performers like Lil’ Yachty, SZA and Rae Sremmurd. 

“The world loves you, El Paso. The world loves you so much because I’ve seen it firsthand and I want to let you guys know that this is definitely the beginning for this city,” Khalid said the night of the concert.