Country Music Star-Power Helps Community Heal From Tragedy

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BROOKLYN, Ohio — It has been almost two months since the shooting rampage at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Brooklyn, and owners say business has suffered since the tragedy.

They’re now hoping a little star power will help turn things around.

Country music star and Grammy Award Nominee Josh Turner performed outside the restaurant on Tiedeman Road Monday afternoon, in front of a large crowd. 

It was back in April when Kevin Allen opened fire, killing his wife Katie and daughter Kerri, before being shot by police. His other daughter Kayla initially survived the shooting but died last month.

Turner says he first learned of the tragedy through Cracker Barrel, which is sponsoring his upcoming tour.

“They brought it to my attention that this actually happened. And we as a group just felt really compelled that I should come up here and try to bring something positive to this store and this community.”

Turner says he wanted to help heal the community through song. On June 11th, 100 percent of the proceeds from the restaurant and store will be donated to Strongsville City Schools, where the two victims were students.

Ashley Keith, a Turner fan who came out to the performance said, “It’s really good that he’s out there to support everything and it’s good that he’s donating his money to Strongsville City Schools.”

After the performance, Turner autographed CDs and posed for pictures with loyal fans.

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