As an artist myself, I had to cover this story. You don’t see this often in the music world – A devout, young, Christian singer in the secular music business.
My guitarist has a gold record hanging on his wall because his friend from a famous band overdosed on heroin. I see it everyday.
Christina’s story is nothing like that.
She was an inspiration to millions because of her positive attitude, and her reliance on God to get her through.
Evil took out good this day.
This is not a happy story.
Singer Christina Grimmie, a 22-year-old former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” was performing in Orlando, Florida, on Friday. During a meet-and-greet after the show, a man approached her with two firearms & opened fire. The young singer was hit three times, once in the head.
Christina’s brother, Marcus Grimmie, heroically tried to save her. Unfortunately, the up–and–coming singer was fatally wounded.
A local hospital pronounced Grimmie dead at 3 am, Saturday, June 11th.
Christina had just finished her show at The Plaza Live in Orlando. She was meeting with fans & signing autographs when the shooter, Kevin James Loibl, 27, approached her. Loibl opened fire. Christina was hit three times according to news station KTNV 13.
Christina’s brother, Marcus, immediately tackled Loibl in an attempt to save his sister’s life. Loibl then shot himself in the head.
One of Christina’s fans Tweeted:
With that being said, thank you Mark Grimmie for saving my life as well as some other incredibly brave friends and fans. We appreciate you.
— Destiny Rivera✨ (@dearxdestiny) June 11, 2016
Christina was rushed to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
Christina’s publicist told E! News: “It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord.”
One of her fans, Sunny, on YouTube, made a video after learning of Christina’s death. In the caption she wrote:
“One of the very first YouTubers I ever watched was shot and passed away after her concert in Orlando. This really hit me. This is very sad news for me and I’ve felt heartbroken all day.”
Another YouTube fan, Jennifer Fix, recorded a video saying:
“I’m trying hard not to cry. I’ve watched Christina for years, 6 years.” Fighting back tears she continues: “I remember watching her for the first time, when I was, I think 12, or 13, and I’m almost 19 now, so, I remember she was one of the first YouTubers I ever watched, one of the first I ever subscribed to. She’s been such a huge inspiration to me.”
At the time of her death Christina had over 3 million subscribers on her YouTube account.
The young performer who grew up in the small town of Marlton, New Jersey, was on her way.
In 2011, Christina was interviewed by “Global Grind,” a music news site. She was asked how she dealt with her rising popularity, the then 17-year-old singer answered: “I have God, Jesus Christ, I’m Christian.”
Christina continued, “I try to stay as grounded as I possibly can. And I have my parents that help me and my friends that are really great accountability partners to me. I don’t consider myself a famous person, so I just kind of do my thing and my fans love it and that’s what makes me happy.”
In 2013 the rising star Tweeted about her faith:
Sometimes God allows terrible things to happen in your life and you don’t know why. But that doesn’t mean you should stop trusting Him.
— Christina Grimmie (@TheRealGrimmie) February 21, 2013
As a young girl, Christina attended the Christian school, Baptist Regional Elementary.
Christina told Global Grind about a Christian performer who influenced her music.
“There’s this singer and her name is Stacie Orrico and I grew up listening to her. She has Christian contemporary music but it’s kind of urban. She has a really awesome voice and I was so drawn to it. I think the reason I do have a soul voice is because I grew up listening to her and she was my huge, huge influence”.
In 2014 Christina recorded this chilling rendition of “O come, O come, Emmanuel” for the World Food Program to help alleviate hunger in impoverished countries.
Christina, a “self-described goofball,” loved her family. She told Global Grind, “My brother is my best friend.” She jokingly added, “so he tells me.” “If I’m getting a little bit off or being a little egotistical he’ll bring me back. My family is just so great. I have such a strong family unit. It all comes down to the family unit.” Christina said.
In an interview with Joonbug.com Christina had this to say about her brother:
“My brother is a year older than me, and we’re literally best friends, so when he started playing videogames when he was 5, I would watch him because i was too young to understand what to do (haha). I’ve loved videogames ever since I was that young. But Zelda…I remember it was my favorite game to watch my brother play. But I would constantly have nightmares about redeads and freaky things in the game, so my mom sold the game and me and my brother were so upset!”
Marcus played guitar in Christina’s band, helped her on tour, and appeared in her videos.
Christina recorded “Lonely Day” by System of a Down with Marcus in 2011.
In another video featuring her brother, Christina covers “Through Glass” by Stone Sour.
Marcus with a fan of his & Christina’s.
— Bryan (@ImBryanJ) October 5, 2014
Truly, Marcus Grimmie is a hero. Not only was he Christina’s brother, but also her best friend. He showed his love for her by risking his life in an attempt to save hers. If only more could be like him.
Christina performed Adele’s “Hello” in this YouTube video. It’s been viewed over 2 million times.
Surely Christina is singing with the angels in heaven now. May her best friend find peace.
Christina Victoria Grimmie – A Christian, and a light to a dark world
March 12, 1994 – June 11, 2016