This is the street where Jason Statts was shot. Skinny oaks crouch over the sidewalk. All the cars parked along the curb seem to be a few model years old. The summer heat has finally broken, but no one is outside. 

Head to any block in midtown and you'll find a similar scene.

But five years ago, coming home from his new band's first gig, Jason was shot right here. 

The bullet passed through his neck, severing his spinal cord and leaving him quadriplegic. Since then, he's regained limited use of his arms, but he still has no feeling in his legs.

This isn't the story of a senseless tragedy, though. This isn't a commentary on crime in Savannah. 

It's a story of friendship, and how a community continues to rally around a fallen friend, even half a decade later.

"The support really has not changed in the past five years," Jason says. "People are still very supportive. It is very humbling."

Emily Doherty has known Jason since long before the shooting, and she also serves on the board of Friends of Statts, an organization formed to help support him physically, financially and emotionally.

"He has so many medical bills and is too humble to ask for help," Doherty says.

Instead of waiting for him to ask, Friends of Statts collects donations and hosts fundraisers to help him cover the costs of living. Their latest effort is Statts Fest.

"It's a family-friendly event that will have lots of activities, awesome bands, great food - and every dollar we raise goes directly to Jason," Doherty says.

It's not just about fundraising, though. Statts Fest honors Jason as a person. Another of Jason's friends, Juliana Peloso, thinks that's the Savannah way of doing things.

"People really look out for each other and almost always jump at the chance to throw a benefit show, whether it is for a friend in a bike wreck or for someone like Jason," Peloso says.

"In his case, I think he has just touched so many lives and is an inspiration that we can continue to organize benefit events to support him. People don't need to ask questions, they hear 'Jason' and they are automatically on board."

Doherty adds, "Jason is one of the strongest, most giving, forgiving and caring people I know."

Statts Fest will take over Muse Arts Warehouse on Oct. 13, headlined by some of Savannah's best bands, including Kidsyc@Brandywine, The Train Wrecks, Damon & The Sh!tkickers, Bottles & Cans and Joe Nelson. Local performer and DJ Basik Lee will emcee. 

While it's been five years since the attack that disabled Statts, this year also marks a more positive milestone.

"Jason just turned 40," Doherty says. "So a lot of his friends have children. We wanted to make Statts Fest accessible to everyone."

For the kids, there's a dunk tank, bounce house, corn hole, coloring contest, face painting and other activities. Local chefs will serve up a variety of food options.

Even without all the activities, Statts Fest brings together dozens, probably hundreds, of good people from the Savannah area and beyond. Organizers want it that way, a party with as much life as the man it celebrates.

"It really puts a perspective on the generosity of your friends and neighbors," Peloso says. 

"All I can hope for is that everyone has fun," Jason says. "I am quite lucky that I have friends who care about me enough to throw these kinds of events. Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to say thanks to each and every one of them for all the continued support."

If the story of Jason Statts shows us anything, it's that you can find a community of friends on any street in Savannah. Start your search at Statts Fest.