The Tragic Murder of 'Voice' Alum Christina Grimmie Makes No Damn Sense

No place is truly safe from violence. Now, this is not a new concept, but the world was thoroughly reminded of this notion several times over the weekend when numerous lives were ended and so many innocent people were injured over senseless violence in Orlando, Florida. And that is the unfortunate case with Voice alum Christina Grimmie, who was shot and killed by a gunman Friday night, which was only the start of the most violent weekend in US history.   

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What's utterly heartbreaking is that there is no real reason behind why this rising star was murdered so viciously.

The Orlando police confirmed via Twitter that Grimmie was shot and that her brother tackled the shooter (later identified as Kevin James Loibl) before the gunman fatally wounded himself.

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Loibl, who had no connection to the 22-year-old YouTube sensation, opened fire while Grimmie was signing autographs after her show.

A rep for the singer confirmed her passing to People

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. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning.

Please, just stop the madness! The fact that the gunman felt that he could just end the life of an innocent woman -- someone whom he had never met, who had loved ones and a seemingly bright future -- simply astounds me.  

There's also no telling how many children would have never seen their parents again if Loibl had decided to continue shooting into the crowd.

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This was the tip of the iceberg of deaths that would occur in Orlando, as later that weekend on Saturday, July 12, 49 people were murdered in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

It is just appalling that so many lost their lives over one -- yes, one -- weekend. This city may have been directly affected, but the country is in mourning for all. 

With Grimmie, fans took to Facebook to commemorate the talent of the singer, who had started out posting powerful covers on YouTube before becoming the third runner-up on The Voice.  

Alongside fans, stars who knew Grimmie also took to social media to honor her memory and the powerful voice that made audiences listen.

Selena Gomez, who was a friend to the late singer, paid tribute to Grimmie at her concert on Saturday night. Gomez became so emotional that at one point she had to stop singing. 

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Gomez's stepfather Brian Teefey also started a GoFundMe for the star's family, which has currently raised over $100,000. The description for the page reads:

Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling. I learned this business through the eyes of a father and Christina was like a second daughter to me. All I wanted to do was assist her in achieving her musical dreams while protecting her from the pitfalls associated with the business. I never could have imagined this horrific event being one of the pitfalls needing to be avoided. In Christina’s honor I have created a Go Fund Me page to assist her family in their time of need. As family Mother, Father, and Brother made the ultimate family sacrifice to support Christina on her musical journey. They did nothing but love her and support her as family the best they knew how, the only worry I want them to have at this point is that of recovery. 

Grimms I love you, and miss you beyond comprehension.

According to brother Marcus Grimmie, the singer's Voice coach Adam Levine even offered to pay the funeral expenses for the family.

When things like this happen, there is no rhyme or reason. There is no comfort in an explanation because that doesn't change the way that events unfolded.

There is only the future where family, friends, and fans must press on and continue to keep those lost alive in their hearts every day. 

All I can say is that the hashtags that were trending this weekend got it right: #PrayforChristina and #WeAreOrlando.

Too many lives have been lost to gun violence. Something needs to be done.

 

 

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