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Benefit Concert Supports Families Affected by April 2 Fort Hood Shooting

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(KCEN) -- Bands of musicians came together over the weekend to support a band of brothers. 

Six different groups played in Killeen Saturday to raise money for the families affected by the April 2 shooting on Fort Hood.

The opening band, An Army at Dawn, is a group of high-schoolers with family in the military.

The bassist, Brandon Winder, was just getting off his school bus on post when he heard something out of the ordinary. "I just walk off and I hear the sirens going off and I hear, like, gunshots."

It was the day of the shooting. And Winder isn't the only band member with a story from that day.

"My dad was actually really close," said Kevin Evans, the band's drummer. "It happened right in front of his office building."

They were at Guitar Center in Killeen Saturday to help raise money for those killed and wounded that day three months ago.

"It just goes to show their character," said Heather Peckham, a family friend of the band whose soldier husband died a year and a half ago. "They're good kids. They're not out getting in trouble, they care about everybody around them."

An Army at Dawn is just one of a half-dozen bands in the parking lot of the store drawing crowds to donate.

"It's something that I felt really strongly about," said Phil Fox, manager of the retailer. He put on the show. As a former soldier himself, it hits home.

"The moment one of our customers told us Fort Hood was locked down," said Fox, "we kind of knew something scary was on the way."

The seven-hour concert was free, with Fox's store taking donations inside. Two food trucks were also on hand donating some of their profits.

"I grew up on Fort Hood, went to school there as a kid, my dad was in the Army, I was in the Navy," said Akira McNeil, owner and chef at La Ta Korea, one of the food trucks there. "So, yeah, it definitely hit home."


Gibson Guitars even donated two six-strings, one valued around $3,300 and the other at more than $4,000, to auction off for the cause.

"It brings joy to my heart to know that a lot of people, especially the local community around here, supports what I do for a living," Brandon Cecil, an active-duty soldier and member of another band that played in the benefit.

Everyone supporting the Fort Hood families, remembering that day, and trying to help each other heal.

Guitar Center, off W.S. Young in Killeen, will keep accepting donations throughout the month. And they'll auction off the two guitars later on in July.


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