TEMECULA – Plans for a benefit concert to honor slain Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer are underway. Boyer, a 27 year veteran of the Whittier Police Department, had strong ties to many in the Temecula Valley.
According to a press release issued by the artists organizing the event, the purpose of the concert is “to honor a great man who touched so many lives in the Temecula Valley.”
Friends of Boyer will come together at The Infinity Room at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, March 5, to combat the senseless death of a beloved musician, father, grandfather and friend who was gunned down by a recent parolee and gang member earlier this week in Whittier during what was supposed to be a minor accident investigation while on duty.
“Boyer’s life struck many chords in those who knew him personally, professionally and enjoyed watching him perform in the many bands he played with in the valley,” the release reported. “One of his last performances was Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Merc in Old Town Temecula where he loved playing with “The Ranch Rockers” a local band under the direction of Vocal Teacher Gwyn Sanborn.”
Sanborn along with local award winning vocalist Joanna Pearl have organized a night dedicated to “Helping heal the situation… combating it with Love & Music.”
“No matter how wrong the laws are, no matter how horrible this act of hate…All Lives Matter,” are the emotions that are driving Pearl to put this event together along with Pala Casino, Resort & Spa CEO, Bill Bembenek who also sang while Boyer accompanied on his beloved drum kit this past Saturday.
Pearl’s family is in law enforcement in Chicago, so she understands all too well the heightened sense of emotion surrounding this type of senseless act and how deep it rips the hearts of so many in a community like Temecula.
“We all have to be the CHANGE in the World,” Pearl explained. “I didn’t know Keith like so many others did, but I can’t sit back and not do anything. I have to do something to keep his light and love of music, his family and the peace he fought so hard to keep every day of his life. Reaching out to our incredible musicians in the valley was the only thing I knew to do and it is going to be an awesome celebration of Keith by those who knew and loved him so much.”
Those aged 21 and older are invited to join dozens of musicians who have committed to performing during what promises to be an evening of “Love & Music…to Help us Heal,” Sunday, March 5, from 5-8 p.m. in The Infinity Room at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. This event will serve to benefit Keith’s family as well as a Fallen Police Officer Fund to be determined.
Pala Casino Spa & Resort is located at 11154 Hwy. 76 in Pala. For more information, including ticket information, for “Love & Music…to Help us Heal,” visit www.facebook.com/groups/1122121274564036/.