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A benefit concert in which Chief Keef was supposed to appear by hologram to help memorialize a toddler killed in the aftermath of a shooting has been postponed, according to the organizer. A friend of the Chicago rapper was slain in the shooting.

In an emailed statement, event organizer Alki David alluded to interference from the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor at St. Sabina Catholic Church on Chicago's South Side: "The meddling, attention seeking Father Pfleger, who bullied the owner of the downtown theater to back out of his contract, will not succeed. He is exploiting this tragedy and taking money away from the victims and solid charities who are doing good work in Chicago."

Pfleger denied speaking to the planned host for the event, Redmoon Theater in East Pilsen. Redmoon on Thursday said it would not host the concert because it did not "understand the full nature of the event." A Redmoon representative said Friday the theater had no direct communication with Pfleger....

By Tracy Schwartz