A benefit concert in honor of the late Trenton Keller, a sophomore at Desert Vista High School who died last month, will be hosted at Mountain Park Community Church this Saturday.
Proceeds from the concert will help support suicide awareness for the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition.
“(Keller) was one of those kids you could count on to make you feel better,” said Kyle Pereira, a junior at Desert Vista who is organizing the event. “He was always making sure everyone around him was happy.”
Pereira came up with the idea to do something more community based after students at Desert Vista wore lime green and blue in honor of Keller the week he died.
“I liked it, but I thought we could take it a step further,” he said.
With the benefit concert, Pereira hopes people would be reminded that suicide affects more than just one person.
“Trenton hit really personal, he was close to everyone at school,” Pereira added.
The benefit concert will feature approximately five local musicians, who are all Desert Vista alumni, including Pereira, each performing a 20-minute set. The stage will then be open for anyone who wants to share a word about Keller.
Keller, 16, was found dead on Oct. 28 by family members, police investigated the death as a suicide.
“You don’t have to know him to know that suicide affects everyone,” Pereira said.
As the school community was devastated after the loss, Pereira said he’s noticed a shift in student perspective. The student body, according to Pereira, supports and makes an effort to understand each other.
“It’s become what everyone strived for at first as a school,” Pereira said. “Desert Vista has turned from a school into a little community where everyone is backing each other up.”
Continuing in the school awareness act, Pereira and the other performers ask that attendees wear lime green or royal blue, Keller’s favorite colors.
Though the reason for the concert is serious, Pereira also mentioned it should be a kind of celebration.
“It’s about celebrating a life,” he added. “Knowing Trenton, he would want us all having a good time.”
The benefit concert will be hosted at Mountain Park Community Church in Ahwatukee Foothills, 2408 E. Pecos Road, on Saturday, Dec. 1. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $4 at the door. Proceeds will benefit suicide prevention and awareness.
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