Paying it forward. Country singer Luke combs donated funds to cover the funeral expenses of three of his young fans who saw him perform on July 16 in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Kole Sova, William “Richie” Mays Jr. and Dawson Brown attended the 30-year-old singer’s concert at the Faster Horses Festival before he died that weekend.
According to a CBS News According to the report, the three youths were found dead in their travel trailer, which had been parked on the festival grounds, from alleged exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities at the scene speculated that a generator near the trailer setup caused the poisoning. Sova was 19 and both Mays and Brown were 20.
After their deaths, loc GoFundMe The page was created by the Michigan Center Athletic Boosters to raise funds for funeral costs, to which Combs quietly donated. The GoFundMe site has already raised more than $ 65,000 for their families.
“For him to come over and do that, I don’t even have the words. I wish I could give him a hug “, Sova’s mother, Meekhe told the outlet.
Mays’s mother, Amy satterthwaiteHe recalled holding his son’s hand during the concert. “That was the last time we were with our boys,” he added.
The “Better Together” singer had no further comment on the donation, spokeswoman Asha goodman told CBS affiliate WLNS-TV at the time.
Following his set, Combs tweeted, “Michigan, what a night. I want to come back next year! “
The singer has frequently given back to those in need. In September 2020, he partnered with Ford to help veterans cope with PTSD through music. At the time, he helped the auto company give away $ 25,000 worth of instruments through the Guitars 4 Vets organization. He even gave some of the recipients a music lesson.
“Ford has supported the military and veterans for nearly a century, and Luke Combs has paid tribute to the brave men and women of our military,” Ford Vice President Mark LaNeve said in a statement. “Working with Combs and Guitars 4 Vets is a great way to continue serving veterans as part of our Proud to Honor initiative.”
Previously, the singer partnered with the CMA Foundation to donate $ 1 million to Houston-area music students in November 2017 as part of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
“From elementary school to college, I was involved in music and choir programs throughout my schools and that has impacted a lot on my life and career,” Combs said in a press release at the time. “I am grateful that the CMA Foundation has asked me to be a part of today’s event in Houston. Giving these students the opportunity to discover and learn about music is really amazing to be a part of. “