The Voice Contestant Tragically Shot And Killed While Signing Autographs
Christina Grimmie was signing autographs for fans outside The Plaza Live after her performance when a man armed with two guns approached and shot her.
BY NOELLE DEVOE | Jun 12, 2016 | Music
Christina Grimmie, who came in third place on the 6th season of The Voice in 2014, was tragically shot and killed last night after a concert in Orlando, Florida, her publicist confirmed to E! News. She was only 22 years old.
According to a report by CNN, Grimmie was signing autographs for fans outside The Plaza Live after her performance when a man armed with two guns approached and shot her. Her brother tackled the shooter immediately to protect Grimmie and fans from any more harm when the shooter fatally shot himself.
Grimmie was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and died a few hours later from the gunshot wounds.
"It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning," her publicist said in a statement to E! Online.
Before You Exit, the band Grimmie was opening for, released a touching statement following her death.
The Voice and Adam Levine, who was her mentor on the show, also released statements.
There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family of @TheRealGrimmie.— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) June 11, 2016
Fans and celebrity friends have taken to Twitter to express their love and grief for Grimmie. They started the hashtag #PrayforChristina and it is now trending first place worldwide.
Praying so hard for Christina Grimmie 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 please pray for her— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 11, 2016
My heart is broken..senseless violence on a young girl who only promoted love. Sending love light and prayers to the Grimmie family😔❤️— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) June 11, 2016
I am shocked hearing this terrible news. One of the sweetest people I have ever met. Doesn't deserve this. #PrayForChristina— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) June 11, 2016
When you die, your body dies, but your soul lives on forever, as will hers. Rest In Peace Christina Grimmie. A beautiful talent.— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) June 11, 2016
I Cant believe there are people in the world who could do such an evil, senseless act. Love & prayers to the Grimmie family. #RIPChristina— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 11, 2016
My heart hurts hearing this news.. So terrible. Praying for Christina and her family. #prayforchristina— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) June 11, 2016
If you'd like to give back to Christina's family in her memory, her family has opened a GoFundMe page in their time of need.