Ferg’s hosts fundraiser for fallen sailor and former St.Pete track star

Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A popular Tampa Bay area restaurant will host a fundraiser for the family of a sailor killed in last week’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Mohammed “Mo” Haitham, 19, was one of three people killed as eight others were wounded in last Friday’s mass shooting.

On Friday, Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill will host a fundraiser concert in honor of the St. Pete native and former Lakewood High School track star.

“Being a Lakewood graduate and also being a citizen of St. Pete, I felt we should do something for this young man who was doing all the right things,” Mark Ferguson, Ferg’s owner said. “He had a future in front of him and his life was just taken in an instant. It’s just terrible.”

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, “François de Lima & The Romantics Band: For Lovers Past, Present & Future” will play at Ferg’s Sports Bar in St. Pete.

Any donation will get you in the door, and those proceeds plus half of the 50/50 raffle will go to Mo’s family.

“I felt we should do something for this young man that was doing all the right things,” Ferguson said.

Mo’s former next-door neighbor, Kenneth Villafana said he saw first-hand the great person Mo was.

“It seems as if he was in the right part of life and it was taken away from him,” Villafana said. “He was an example for all young men.”

Villafana learned about the fundraiser at Ferg’s through 8 On Your Side. He said he’s thankful people in St. Pete are supporting the Haitham family.

“His parents should get all of the support they can get because for an untimely death it’s very hard on the family,” Villafana said.

Ferg’s hopes the community will show their support for the Haitham family Friday night.

The concert fundraiser runs from 7 to 11 p.m.

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