Atlanta rapper 21 Savage is not letting a shooting that took place at another back to school event stop his foundation’s work.
21 Savage attended a back to school event on Saturday at Northeast Atlanta Park as the headliner. It was a free, fun day for families that turned south around 8:00 p.m.
Local news outlets report the crowd grew nearly five times the permitted size and a 23-year-old was shot in the leg.
His foundation, which sponsored the event on Saturday, proceeded to host their other back to school event Sunday despite the incident.
He gifted children with free book bags, uniforms, sneakers and supplies for school.
“It makes me feel good that I’m helping people,” said the Decatur native.
Hundreds of parents and kids were able to cross out several items on their back to school list thanks to him.
For 21 Savage, it’s a way to give back to his community in his old neighborhood where he was raised.
“He doesn’t have to give [his money] to nobody. It’s a personal choice to do this for them. I think it’s incredible,” said Amber Burtos who drove from College Park to get supplies for her boys.
While 21 Savage could have allowed the shooting on Saturday to overshadow the work he’s doing, he did not let it stop him.
Instead, he expressed his concern that this man would open fire at an event meant to help kids and made it clear he didn’t want his name associated with the crime.
“It ain’t right, people need to think about their actions and coming together to push positivity,” the rapper said. “Get this negativity stuff away and trying to show the kids that grown people can come together and do something positive.”