MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – Members of the community came together in Midland on Thursday to honor a slain local rapper, Sammy Anaya III.
It was part of a fundraiser held to cover the costs of Sammy’s funeral.
“You came far, you did it. You did everything you could. We’re proud of you and we love you,” said Christi, a friend of Sammy.
“I know so much people looked up to him,” said another friend of Sammy. “He touched the city, he touched the whole city.”
“I’m going to do it for you, anything and everything. I will live and prosper for you,” said Sujely, a supporter of Sammy’s music.
These were just some of the heart-breaking messages to Sammy, a rising rapper shot and killed in Midland on April 29th.
People showed up at Legendz Barbershop on W. Illinois Avenue to show support for Sammy’s family in the days after his tragic death.
“We just want to make it a little bit easier for them to cope with, by helping them raise money, and by bringing all the people that love him, so they know how much people loved him,” Christi said.
From hot food, art, a car wash, even candles – people far and wide showed up and showed out to raise money.
“Seeing everybody here just warms my heart,” said Laura Garcia.
Laura is giving all of her proceeds from her art sold today to Sammy’s family. She says she was at Kessler’s Hall Saturday night when Sammy died, and that it wasn’t just a rap concert at the venue, but a showcase of art.
“The purpose of having the art shows is to spread love and he passed at one of the art shows,” Garcia said. “I feel like I need to come and support the family.”
Misty Schlagal was helping the business “Blessings by Cristina.” She didn’t know Sammy or his family. But, she says she grew up in Midland, and showed up anyway after hearing the news of Sammy’s death.
“To sell and give what we earn, to help put somebody to rest… This is Midland, this is what we do,” Schlagal said.
“He did it all. He did everything he set his mind to,” said Sujely.
She says she’s been supporting Sammy’s music ever since he started, and that the best way to support his family, is to keep Sammy’s name alive. Sujely even says, Sammy was there for her in her life, when she needed him most.
“He was there to help me through it all. And for that, I will always be appreciative.”
For more ways to support the family of Sammy Anaya III, you can visit their GoFundMe page here.
Correction: In a previous version, Misty Schlagal was listed as the owner of “Blessings by Cristina.” She is not the owner. She says she was there just as a helper.