West Texans gather to support victims of the Odessa mass shooting

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Bless the Basin event

MIDLAND, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- “Devastating and heartbreaking just an absolutely unnecessary event to happen. We thought ‘what can we do’ and we saw this event happening so my husband along with his company Nimble Crane, Willy’s Fuels and Troy Construction, they set up this who thing so we just felt it in our hearts to help and do what we can,” says volunteer Cheyne Lane.

It was a night of support for many in the Basin. “Because of the mass shooting we have to come out here and really try and raise some money to help. For the victims, the families that were devastated by that thing so we’re here to just raise money, play a rock concert and get people back in the motion of not being scared and getting out of the house and having a good time,” says mucisian Rich O’Toole.

Community members continuing to show what it means to be West Texas Strong.

Cheyne Lane saying it;s a “big deal you know people making t-shirts for donations, donating their time, food and all kinds of different stuff it’s just a big deal.”

Her husband, Jesse Lane, adding that “it makes you feel bad especially when I saw the officers the way they just rushed in and helped like that. The bravery was quite impressive so I’m here to show that it doesn’t go unappreciaited or unnoticed.”

O’Toole says his band was already scheduled to play and it was only right to donate all of the proceeds. “Odessa has always had my heart. I’m from Houston and a lot of my family is from here and it’s just one of those things where when something hits at home you gotta show up and do it.”

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