We are sad, shocked, and heartbroken 🙁
“The Voice” singer and YouTube sensation Christina Grimmie has died after she was shot at the Plaza Live Theatre in Orlando on Friday night (10th June).
She was only 22 years old.
According to USA Today, the young star and her band, Before You Exit, were signing autographs and selling merchandises after their concert when a man walked up to her and shot her. The singer’s brother tackled the gunman, and during that struggle, the suspect shot himself.
“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord. She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn’t survive the gun shot wounds,” said the singer’s publicist to E! News.
Orlando police said that the yet-to-be identified suspect was pronounced dead at the scene after he shot himself. He had 2 guns in his possession and it’s uncertain whether the suspect and Grimmie knew each other as investigations are still in its preliminary stages.
News of the the singer’s death spread quickly on social media and a hashtag campaign ,#PrayforChristina, has started trending on Twitter as fans and celebrities expressed their grief.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) June 11, 2016
— Alisan Porter (@alisanporter) June 11, 2016
Concerts allow people to break free from their problems; it's a safe haven. No one should ever be in fear for their lives #PrayForChristina
— OG (@tattedpoc) June 11, 2016
— Common Girl ?? (@girlhoodposts) June 11, 2016
In 2014, Grimmie participated in season 6 of “The Voice” and she joined Adam Levine’s team. The songstress went on to the finals, finishing in 3rd place.
The Maroon 5 lead vocalist posted throwback picture of himself with Grimmie on Instagram, writing, “I’m sad, shocked and confused. We love you so much Grimmie. We are all praying hard that you can pull through this…this just isn’t fair”.
R.I.P Christina Grimmie, your songs will forever be in our hearts. Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time.