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Events to honor St. Petersburg sailor killed in Pensacola shooting, help support his family

Posted at 6:06 AM, Dec 13, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The St. Petersburg community is working to honor a fallen sailor with events that will help his family and keep his memory alive.

Mohammed “Mo” Haitham died after a gunman killed him and two other people, as well as injuring several others, at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Haitham graduated from Lakewood High School.

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Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg will host a Fundraiser Concert for the family of Mohammad “Mo” Haitham on Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will feature entertainment by François de Lima & The Romantics Band: For Lovers Past, Present & Future.

“All donations collected during this event will go directly to Mo’s family," said Ferg's Owner Mark Ferguson on Facebook. "They are hurting, we want to help. We are all connected in this community. When something like this senseless tragedy happens, it directly hits our community hard. We want to help in the best way we know how with hosting a fundraiser for the family.”

Ferg's is located at 1320 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg.

Like Haitham, Ferguson is also a Lakewood High School Alumni and he's a former teacher in the county.

Gates open at 7 p.m., any donation amount will get you in the door. It will go directly to the Haitham family.

There is also a Candlelight Vigil planned in Honor of Haitham at Lakewood High School.

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Bring your walking/running shoes for the honor walk/run.

The Lakewood High School community and Haitham’s family welcome the public to a memorial for the 2018 Lakewood High School alum.

School staff said Haitham was a “hero” on and off campus. Haitham's family will be attending the vigil, which is taking place on what would have been his birthday. He would have turned 20.

The vigil will begin with a message from Lakewood High School Principal Erin Savage, followed by a prayer, two speakers and will end with an 800 meter (two laps) run/walk around the track.

The 800 Meter Race was Haitham’s favorite race to run, his family says.

That vigil is planned for Monday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. It will be at Lakewood High School’s Football Field, located at 1400 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg.

Parking will be in the back parking lot near the bus circle at 16th Street.