Tributes Scheduled For Columbus Shooting Victims

Columbus, Ohio's NBC 4 TV is reporting that a local radio station scheduled a live tribute Sunday night to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, the former PANTERA guitarist who was killed during a shooting spree at the Alrosa Villa Wednesday night.

WBZX-FM scheduled a live tribute for Abbott and three other shooting victims killed during last week's concert, NBC 4's Barbra Flannigan reported.

The tribute was to include live bands and calls from music fans. Organizers said they hoped the event would help the community heal.

Abbott, 38, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Franklin County Coroner's Office. The guitarist was shot at pointblank range during a concert by his new band, DAMAGEPLAN.

WBZX disc jockey Scoop Richards was at the concert, Flannigan reported.

"It's just something we needed to do," Richards said.

VOLUME DEALER was the opening act for DAMAGEPLAN. The group witnessed the shootings.

"This has been a huge black eye for Columbus," said VOLUME DEALER vocalist Billy Payne. "We don't need that, because rock and roll is starting to be accepted a little more."

The radio station hoped that heavy metal music lovers want to heal deep wounds by playing Abbott's songs on the air. Fans were welcome to call in, especially if they were among the approximately 250 fans that attended the concert.

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