Diplo donates $100,000 to Las Vegas shooting victims fund
Diplo has donated $100,000 to a fund dedicated to helping victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the audience at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last weekend, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500 others.
Clark County Commission set up the GoFundMe account to raise money for the victims and their families, and the DJ made his generous donation to the fund on Friday.
"My deepest sympathies are with the victims of this horrific tragedy and their families. It’s my hope that these events will start a long awaited and honest conversation about the importance of gun control in America," he said in a statement.
"Las Vegas is my home, and it’s devastating to see this happen in such a vibrant city with an amazing community of people I consider my family," the 38-year-old added.
The DJ, real name Thomas Wesley Pentz, later posted on Twitter: "I donated $100,000 this weekend to the victims in Las Vegas. I challenge any other Dj’s or hotel owners to match it, we owe it to the city."
Fellow DJs Tiesto, Kaskade and Valentino Khan rose up to the challenge and shared that they had donated on Twitter.
Diplo called on U.S. politicians to implement stricter gun control laws in a series of tweets earlier this week, and shocked his followers after posting a graphic image he claimed was from the scene of the shooting.
"Sorry for the graphic image but this is America with no gun control. I just landed back home and I’m trying not to cry tonight," he captioned the shot, which allegedly shows the bodies of some of the 59 victims.
***WARNING: THE IMAGE IN THIS TWEET MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME.***
Diplo currently has a residency at the Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort.