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Posted: August 13, 2018

21 Savage provides free school supplies to over 2,500 students

21 Savage and his mom, Heather, at his
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21 Savage and his mom, Heather, at his "Issa Back 2 School Drive" in Atlanta on Aug. 5.

By Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


More than 2,500 people lined up in the Georgia heat last week to share in the generosity of 21 Savage.

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The Atlanta rapper hosted his third annual “Issa Back 2 School Drive” on Aug. 5 to benefit students from DeKalb County Schools. The event, which last year attracted about 700 people, outfitted students in grades K-12 with backpacks, shoes, uniforms and school supplies.

Kids and their families snaked along the sidewalk of the 285 Flea Mart off Glenwood Road in a shopping center the lanky “Whole Lot” rapper, 25, said he used to hang around as a teen. Many of the beneficiaries also received free haircuts and food from tents stationed in the parking lot.

It was a scene that made 21 Savage quietly proud.

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“I might rap about a lot of stuff, but that’s just a reflection of what I’ve been through,” he said while seated in his manager’s truck a few feet away from the throng of fans. “In real life, everything I do, I want to bring everybody together. I want to give back to the community, help the kids, get them uniforms, books, book bags, everything they need ... just do better. That’s where it starts, the kids.”

Moses Robinson/Getty Images for Leading By Example Foundation
Students and their families lined up at the third annual "Issa Back 2 School Drive" in DeKalb County on Aug. 5, 2018.

U.S. Rep. Henry "Hank" Johnson, D-Georgia, and his wife, DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, also attended to check out the scene.

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The event and supplies were funded by 21 Savage and his Leading By Example Foundation. Other sponsors included City National Bank, Spotify, Epic Records and 10:22 p.m. Records.

During a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” 21 Savage launched a “Bank Account” campaign to help young adults learn financial responsibility and donated $1,000 to 21 kids in partnership with the nonprofit organization Get Schooled.

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Man shot at back-to-school event attended by rapper 21 Savage

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Man shot at back-to-school event attended by rapper 21 Savage

Atlanta police are investigating a shooting at a back-to-school event Saturday that left a man injured. 

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The incident happened around 8 p.m. at Coan Park in southeast Atlanta.

Many families told Channel 2’s Michael Seiden that they're thankful to be alive after bullets started flying in the park.

Crime scene investigators worked late into the night Saturday trying to piece evidence together.

“Someone fired a weapon that struck an individual in the ankle and that person is stable and being cared for at a local hospital,” Maj. Darin Schierbaum with the Atlanta Police Department said. “We do have an individual detained that may be the shooter, and he’s being detained for questioning.”

Police said the gunman and his 23-year-old victim were leaving the park after attending the Zone 6 Day, which was billed as a community event for families living in East Atlanta and attended by hip-hop superstar 21 Savage.

But as word spread, the crowd quickly grew

“This event was permitted for a couple hundred and it greatly exceeded that," Schierbaum said.

Thousands heard the gunshots.

“We didn’t even make it to the park. It was like a wave. Everybody was just running. You run and then I run. I didn’t even know where we would run,” one woman told Seiden, asking not to be identified. 

Many jumped into their vehicles, creating a traffic nightmare.

“We had a number of police resources that were in the area already and started mitigating traffic in park and on foot and in vehicles,” Schierbaum said.

The motive remains unknown, but investigators believe the shooter knew his victim.

Channel 2's Lauren Pozen learned that Santonio Foster has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the shooting.

Seiden said investigators focused attention on a black Ford Mustang Saturday night. Detectives believe the shooter jumped inside the vehicle after he fired shots into the crowd.

Police said several other people received minor injuries while running away from the park.



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