Event Aims To Help Mother’s Day Shooting Victims

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An effort is underway to help the victims of the Mother’s Day Second-line shooting.

19-people were injured when gunfire broke out May 12th, near Frenchman and N. Villere Streets.

Hundreds are gathered at Tipitina’s Thursday night for a benefit concert.

The music lineup included The Hot 8 Brass, and The Stooges Brass Bands; to name a few.

The Tipitina’s Foundation, Silence is Violence, and The United Way are among the organizations that co-hosted the event intended to help victims recover physically, financially, and emotionally.

“Some people may be out of work, they’re going to have mounting medical bills,” said Michael Williamson of The United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

“They weren’t prepared for this; wasn’t something they were expecting to experience,” Williamson said. “We’re hoping we might be able to offer a little bit if financial assistance but at the same time connect them with services that exist in the community; counseling etc. that may be free or at a reduced cost.”

All proceeds of the benefit concert and other fundraising efforts will go to the newly formed “The 19 Fund.”

To learn more about how you can help visit www.unitedwaysela.org or www.silenceisviolence.org