Thousands Expected to Attend Benefit Concert
EL PASO - It's been a few weeks since two teenage boys were killed by a drunk driver on loop 375, but friends are making sure they are both remembered. There is a benefit concert in their memory at Cohen Stadium Thursday.
For Izzy Morales, Jon Cervoni was like a brother, "Jon was my best friend. He means the world to me."
Now, Izzy is pouring his heart into making sure everyone remembers Jon's memory, "We're all brothers and sisters. we all share the same streets, we drive on the same streets and we need to take care of each other" he said.
That is exactly what Jon Cervoni and Aaron Carillo were doing the night they were killed, helping a friend whose car was broken down on the side of the road. They were hit by a drunk driver and both teens died. Now, their friends are planning a benefit concert to raise awareness about drunk driving.
Peter Lopez was also friends with the teens and said said they set a positive example, "They didn't drink, they didn't do drugs, they didn't smoke. they didn't do a lot of things that a lot of teenagers are doing nowadays and they were just so purehearted."
Less than 24 hours after the deadly crash plans were in the works for a benefit concert. 39 bands are scheduled to perform>
Ricky Delatorre is a member of Scream Your Outline, one of the band's performing at the benefit concert. He has memories of performing with Jon and Aaron, "They were so innocent and happy people, and I just want people to remember them for that."
The original location was the church where the teens' band last performed, but the event quickly outgrew the venue. Thursday's concert is expected to draw in more than 3,000 people. The El Paso Diablos stepped in and offered to hold the concert at Cohen Stadium.
Izzy said the benefit concert has attracted national attention, "We've gotten attention from Dane Cook, Ariana Grande, she's an actress off Nickelodeon. We've gotten attention from Scream the Prayer tours, some bands on the Vans Warped Tour. There's people from New York messaging me on Facebook wanting to donate money."
The concert became bigger than group of teens could handle. Gomencindo lopez remembers Jon growing up with his son and felt like he needed to do something to help, "One of the things that was so amazing to me is that these kids, even though they were only 16 years old, they have had such an impact on this community and it almost made me feel inspired."
Andrew Vasquez from Scream Your Outline said that's the message the group of teens is trying to spread across the community, "You have to be more careful now after all this. It teaches you a lesson, don't drink and drive at all."
The concert is from 11 a.m. - 10:30 pm. There is a $10 cash donation to get in. Credit cards will not be accepted. All proceeds will go to the victims' families.