New Orleans, La. - The brass sound is so much a part of New Orleans, and on a steamy spring night, the Hot 8 Brass Band surrounded Tipitina's with their music. Dozens then gathered inside for a night of entertainment, benefiting those hurt when the sound of gunfire replaced the music.
Silence is Violence, the United Way, Gambit and the Tipitina's Foundation put together Thursday evening's benefit for the 19 Fund. All the money raised will go the victims hurt at a Mother's Day second line.
20 people were injured, 19 of them shot when, New Orleans police say, two brothers opened fire on the crowd.
"Not everybody has health insurance... it's expensive to be out of work, to be hurt, to be in the hospital," says Mary Von Kurnatowski of the Tipitina's Foundation. "Even if you have insurance, it probably doesn't cover everything and so we wanted them to know that the city is supporting them and is reaching out to help."
Three people remain in the hospital, nearly two weeks after the shooting.
Silence is Violence Executive Director Tamara Jackson says the hurt remains even after the physical wounds heal.
"You had several people in all socioeconomic classes, women, children, men, across ethnic lines that were injured on Mother's Day," says Tamara Jackson. "Mother's Day is supposed to be a joyous celebration. Mothers are the greatest gift in the world and so to have this tragic event was just so disheartening for the community."
So the community fights back with its greatest weapon, music. Hot 8 Brass Band member Harry Cook says that's the only way he knows how.
"When I play my drum, it's like I reach out to a lot of people's heart and soul," says Cook. "I can see the change in people when I'm playing. How they feel good inside. Music makes people happy and that's what it should do for everybody. There shouldn't be no violence."
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