Fall Out Boy have made a $100,000 (£83,000) donation to Everytown – a non-profit organisation that advocates for gun control and protests against gun violence – in the wake of the mass shooting that occurred in Highland Park, Illinois this week.
The tragedy happened on Monday (July 4), when, during an Independence Day parade in the city – which is located approximately 25 miles north of downtown Chicago – six people were shot dead by a rooftop gunman. Officials say that the attacker attacked the parade randomly and was armed a powerful rifle. In addition to the six fatalities, it’s said that 24 people were taken to hospital.
Robert, 22, was later found by police. “Bobby” E Crimo III – who has a small cult following as a musician under the alias Awake The Rapper – as a “person of interest”. Crimo fantasizes about being involved in a mass shooting, and then being shot by police.
Fall Out Boy shared this statement on social media. “Chicago is where we grew up, and we are heartbroken for the families and entire community of Highland Park, as well as every single victim of wanton gun violence in America.”
Chicago is where our family grew up. We are deeply sorry for Highland Park’s families and the entire community.
— Fall Out Boy (@falloutboy) July 8, 2022
The band’s $100,000 donation to Everytown comes via their own non-profit initiative, The Fall Out Boy Fund, which theyLaunched in 2017 “as a way for us to give back to Chicago”. Among the other philanthropic efforts they’ve made through the initiative are similar donations to the Black Lives Matter movement and Chicago’s COVID-19 response fund.
To that end, the band have long been vocal about their stance on America’s gun violence epidemic. For example, in 2018, they hosted (and headlined!) a benefit concert to raise funds for gun reform charities. It was created in response the Parkland school shooting of February 2018, in which 17 people were killed, and another 17 were hurt.
“We must demand our lawmakers do more to end this gun violence crisis,”Pete Wentz was the bassist at the time.