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NEW ORLEANS -- It's been two months since a 7th Ward Mother's Day shooting left 20 people injured. Some of those victims are still recovering.

In response, a benefit is being held for Gambit reporter Deborah Cotton, who was hit in the crossfire.

'It's just the perfect opportunity for us to show the city with love and positive attitudes that we can move forward,' said event organizer Pamela Blackmon.

When shots rang out during a Mother's Day shooting spree at Frenchmen and North Villere streets, culture reporter Deborah Cotton was in the crowd. She was covering the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club's second-line.

Cotton and 19 other people were injured during the brazen, daylight shooting. The tragedy sparking an outpouring of community support which continues weeks later.

Blackmon is teaming up with New Orleans' DJ Soul Sister and other volunteers to throw a benefit for Cotton next week.

Organizers say 100 percent of the proceeds will go towards a fund to help with Cotton's medical and recovery expenses.

The fundraiser is fittingly being called: 'It's a Love Thing.'

'Having heard about the event. We saw it as an opportunity to get the community involved and heal in a positive way from the tragedies that happened on Mother's Day,' added Blackmon.

The fundraiser for Cotton is scheduled for next Friday, July 26 at 10 p.m. It's being held at GasaGasa, 4920 Freret Street, Uptown.

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