VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- More than $3,100 was donated at the Ashanti Billie benefit concert Saturday night.
The concert took place at the Origami Asian Bistro, in Virginia Beach.
Groups of people gathered to enjoy music and the memory of Ashanti Billie. Ashanti was the 19-year-old found dead in Charlotte taken from a military base in Virginia Beach.
Many of the singers and rappers were young, but spoke words of wisdom beyond their years.
8 year-old Elijah Moore said “I watch the news.”
“We need to wake people up, tell people hey this is what it’s doing to the world,” said 12-year-old Jailen Wilson and his 9-year-old twin sisters agreed.
The Wilson family, part of the musical group called Bomb Squad opened the show with a moment of silence.
Patience Williams said, “Never going to be forgotten, like you’re still going to wake up knowing that your daughter is not there and that’s not right.”
This evening’s headlining D.J. Cedric Colston said, “This is an event that’s much needed.” DJ Showtime explained how scary it was hearing about what happened to Ashanti, because that could’ve been anyones family.
Kimberly Wimbish, 3B Management, and Amber Hurly Entertainment put together the event in about 3 days.
Brittany Brown with 3B Management stated, “The title of the event is bringing unity in the community and we’re doing just that.”
“We are just so happy that we are able to end this week of events with the youth,” the Billie Family publicist, Kimberly Wimbish said. “This gives us closure on everything we have worked so hard for.”
A portion of the money is paying for a bus from Hampton Roads to Maryland for Ashanti's home going.
Apage Travel and Tours Bus Line donated the bus, but the Billie family publicist said the Billie’s did not want to take advantage of the company after all their help.
The $1,650 bus fee was covered by the Gethsemane Baptist Church. All of the bus seats are filled to go to Ashanti's home going.
More than $1,400 are going to the Ashanti Billie foundation thanks to donations made at the benefit concert.
The Ashanti Billie foundation will provide a scholarship to students attending the Art Institute of Virginia Beach, the school Ashanti was attending. The scholarship will be available for the Fall 2018 term.
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