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Murdered Voice Alum Christina Grimmie Was A Devout Christian – Hero Brother Was Her Best Friend

This is a story of a brother’s love, a sister’s faith, and a positive influence taken from us far too soon.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Orlando Police Sgt. Wanda Miglio said Christina’s brother saved many other lives in the process. Miglio called him a hero.

One of Christina’s fans Tweeted:

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.”

The Beginning

Christina on her YouTube channel in 2010

16-year-old Christina on her YouTube channel in 2010

Christina began her music career on YouTube. Her loyal fans watched as she rose from an unknown performer, to one who was seen worldwide on NBC’s “The Voice.”

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.

In 2014 Christina placed third on The Voice. She was subsequently signed to Island Records.
In 2015 Christina won the iHeartRadio Rising Star award.

Christina performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2015

Christina performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2015

The young performer who grew up in the small town of Marlton, New Jersey, was on her way.

Faith

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 & brother Marcus

Christina & brother Marcus

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:

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.

Best Friend

Brother & sister goofing off (via Instagram/grimmiereaper)

Brother & sister goofing off (via Instagram/grimmiereaper)

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:

Christina & brother Marcus (via Instagram/grimmiereaper)

Christina & brother Marcus (via Instagram)

“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 & Marcus perform on stage

Christina & Marcus perform on stage

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.

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
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El Chapo’s Cash Won’t Be Used On Trump’s Wall So Look Who Showed Up With $21 Bil For It Overnight

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President Donald Trump was recently presented with an incredible surprise of who could be paying for one of his most important and expensive campaign promises when Texas Senator Ted Cruz proposed a bill to use $14 billion seized from notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. The ingenious and perfectly ironic funding source for this important safety feature was met with as many road blocks as the idea for the wall itself. As quickly as that idea was shot down, a surprise financier showed up overnight with the approximately $21 billion needed to foot the bill and you won’t believe where it came from.

The only thing that’s been holding America’s safety and security back is the ability to fund the 40-foot tall wall that’s expected to stretch approximately 1,000 miles along the U.S. – Mexico border. Although the lengthy construction process is already underway, it could be finished much quicker than originally thought after having solved one of the biggest challenges it has faced to date.

“Building ‘a big, beautiful wall’ on the Southern border was Trump’s signature promise during his campaign, winning him support from advocates for hard-line immigration reform,” Politifact reported.

Original estimates for the cost of this project came in at $12 to $15 billion, however, Bernstein Research, who calculates total building cost believes it could actually come in somewhere around $15 billion to $25 billion. The Department of Homeland Security agrees, estimating a specific $21.6 billion price tag for this massive project, according to Politifact. While that total is in excess of the $14 billion taken from El Chapo upon his arrest, the financing problem could soon be solved if Alabama Senator Luther Strange gets his way.

Strange went on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to discuss his idea of where this much-needed wad of cash could come from right now, and it’s as ironic as using drug money to pay for it. Those who want immigrants in this country don’t seem to have an issue with paying for them to be here, so they should be okay with footing the bill to keep them in their country.

Strange explained to Tucker that the funds should come directly from so-called Sanctuary Cities who don’t follow the law. In essence, this would be a fine for going against the President, not cooperating with local police, refusing to turn immigrants in, and worst of all, actually preventing people from fairly bidding on the border wall. Sanctuary cities like San Francisco, California punish their citizens for participating in bidding on the construction of the wall by banning them from doing any other work in the city. This is not a democracy, it’s a dictatorship decided by liberals and since they aren’t stopping, Strange wants them to pay for the wall that’s already written into law.

The Senator’s simple solution is that cities who refuse to comply with the nation’s law aren’t going to get the money that they expect from the government because it’s going to go to building the wall. It makes perfect sense to not reward bad behavior with cash that could be used to ensure the rule of law which our nation is built on. Sanctuary Cities don’t make their own rules and can’t expect other people to pay for it when it goes against what the president has already set. Rather than defunding these defiant cities, divert the funding and let their laws be the country’s gain.

Along this same line of logic that Strange presented, costs of this wall could also be met it America stopped or slowed the flow of funding to Mexico. It only makes sense to use the money being sent over the border for the barrier between us since we’re also trying to block Mexican citizens from entering America illegally.

This isn’t about keeping good people out and prevent people from wanting to seek a better life and the American dream, it’s only about preventing those from entering the wrong way and wreaking havoc, compromising citizen’s safety, and sapping off our resources. If it’s important to become a law-abiding American citizen and reap the rewards of living in this country, there’s an immigration to follow to prove those intentions.

The next best thing to using a drug lord’s seized money earned from abusing our border is to make Sanctuary Cities pay for it. They can’t make their own laws to harm people and force other people to pay for it too.

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Ex-FBI Director Comey Just Lost EVERYTHING After His SICKEST Secret Yet Gets Out About What He Hid In NY

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Back in the good old days, traitors to this country were hanged for treason. Fast forward to today and not only are treasonous politicians still in office, but they’re leading illegal acts of sabotage against our President and lying under oath. After recently learning that FBI director James Comey predetermined the outcome of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email by not even investigating her, the time for this slimy weasel to continue his illegal antics against this country is unfortunately for him now coming to an abrupt end.

Comey’s illegal escapades began during the Senate Judiciary Committee last year where he lied under oath about Hillary Clinton not being guilty of using her private email server to store classified and above-top-secret documents.  He’s popped his head out several times this year making various appearances before congressional committees to discus issues where he’s constantly made contradictory or false statements while under oath, defiantly disregarding his position to uphold the law. Now there’s an active movement to get this crooked man disbarred from being able to practice law for the rest of his life,  according to a breaking report from the The Washington Times.

“As such, an attorney named Ty Clevenger has filed a grievance with the New York Bar Association against Comey, where he used to serve as a U.S. attorney and still retains a license to practice law,” Conservative Tribune reported. They went on:

The heart of the issue outlined in Clevenger’s grievance is the fact that Comey testified during a Sept. 2016 hearing that he had not predetermined the outcome of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server prior to his announcement that there’d be no criminal charges in July 2016.

That assertion has since been proven false by the revelation that Comey had prepared draft statements exonerating Clinton of wrong-doing several months prior to interviewing her or more than a dozen others associated with the scandal.

This rather important discrepancy was discovered by the Senate Judiciary Committee as they looked into Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation and subsequent termination by President Donald Trump, and was noted in an August 2017 letter sent by committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley to FBI Director Christopher Wray seeking confirmation, which while heavily redacted, was nevertheless recently produced.

“Insofar as Mr. Comey gave materially false testimony to Congress, it appears that he violated Rules 1.0(w), 3.3(a)(1), and 8.4 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct,” wrote Clevenger in his grievance letter to the bar’s Departmental Disciplinary Committee.

Clevenger’s letter also sought to renew prior grievances he had filed against former Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding the potential pressure and interference she exerted on Comey over the investigation and alleged destruction of evidence in the case, such as laptops possessed by Clinton associates.

Clevenger has also filed a separate grievance with the Maryland state bar and got a Circuit Court judge to order the association to open an investigation into three of those Clinton associates — David Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson — who are alleged to have deleted emails and destroyed their laptops which contained pertinent information regarding Clinton’s email scandal, according to Zero Hedge.

Comey isn’t the only crooked politician in hot water right now.  His master and puppeteer Hillary Clinton is at the center of her own little scandal this week after the FBI finally confirmed that she worked a scheme with the Russians to transfer 20% of our country’s uranium to Vladimir Putin’s companies in the United States in exchange for a hefty donation to her Clinton Foundation to the tune of $145 million.

Hillary’s blatant treason against the United States through her bribery, kickbacks, extortion, and money laundering with Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business should have been a big enough scandal to send this crooked woman to prison, but thanks to crooked individuals like Comey constantly blocking justice, she’s been able to get away with her crimes for years.

How epic would it be for Comey to not only lose his position with the FBI, but be prevented from practicing law for the remainder of his life? It will be interesting to see if Comey does wind up being disbarred, or if Hillary Clinton will swoop in and kill someone or pull some strings to save his career.

 

 

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BREAKING: Warning Issued To All Americans Overnight Of ‘Mass Casualty’ Event Planned – Here’s What We Know

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America might be distracted with the problems at hand, but we never forget that we are a country at war. No matter what happens on a day to day basis, we always remember that we as a nation were violently attacked over sixteen years ago and it’s a score that we haven’t settled yet because terrorism hasn’t been wiped out.

The rise of the politically correct movement and it’s acceptance of “non-radical Muslims” has somehow allowed them to worm their way into many places that they shouldn’t be, such as government. That is especially troubling, considering that the threat from the Islamic faith and it’s admonitions to kill is, is far from past.

In fact, according to top administration officials, the smaller attacks that we’ve been seeing in recent months are just a ploy to keep their members appeased while they plan a 9/11 scale attack. Daily Mail  reports that one a U.S. security chief is warning not just all of us, but other countries as well, to be vigilant:

Islamic State fanatics and other terror groups are planning another massive attack on the scale of 9/11, a top US security chief warned today.

Elaine Duke, Donald Trump’s acting Secretary of Homeland Security, said jihadists were using crude knife and van attacks to keep their members engaged and their finances flowing as they plot another ‘big explosion’ similar to the September 2001 atrocities.

Speaking at the US embassy in London, she said intelligence is pointing to extremists plotting to take down planes to inflict mass civilian casualties.”

Elaine Duke, Donald Trump’s acting Secretary of Homeland Security

 

While the United States hasn’t suffered an attack on the same scale as 9/11 since that day, we have watched the terrorists grow both in number and boldness across the globe. Our war on terror in the Middle East might have overthrown some open leaders, but for every open leader that threatens the United States and is eliminated, there are three more willing to take his place in the “holy war crusade.”

“Mrs. Duke said ISIS is currently in an ‘interim’ period focusing on a much bigger endgame.

The security chief, who has served three US presidents, said: ‘The terrorist organisations, be it ISIS or others, want to have the big explosion like they did on 9/11. They want to take down aircraft, the intelligence is clear on that.

‘However, in the interim, they need to keep their finances flowing and they need to keep their visibility high and they need to keep their members engaged, so they are using small plots and they are happy to have small plots.’

She added: ‘Creating terror is their goal and so a van attack, a bladed weapon attack, causes terror and continues to disrupt the world – but does not mean they’ve given up on a major aviation plot.’”

Islamic State fanatics and other terror groups are planning another massive attack on the scale of 9/11, a top US security chief warned

If you’ve gone through airport security lately, you know that the Transportation Security Administration has cracked down on possible threats in a big way since way back in 2001 when we were first faced with this problem. The issue at hand is that no matter how much we increase security, human ingenuity increases with it.

According to Duke, who is President Trump’s acting Secretary of Homeland Security, there’s even a distinct possibility that any plan could be blown up using a laptop, and that’s just one of the many possibilities that she mentioned.

“She said the free movement of goods and people means security has to be tightened in individual countries around the world. 

She said: ‘The laptop is one of the many aviation threats, we will never be comfortable and we will always be evolving.

‘What we believe is that because of the movement of goods and people, we have to raise the baseline worldwide, we can’t only consider our borders.’ Mrs. Duke went on: ‘We think the level of terrorist threat against the United States too is extremely high.

‘I think that it is challenging for you because you have the proximities to other countries, the ease of movement from some of the terrorist safe havens is a little easier for you, but we feel the terrorist threat is very high in the United States.’”

The troubling thing about Duke’s statements isn’t “why or how,” but  when. She believes that another large-scale attack is going to be coming to us soon. We might not see it coming. This is the big reason that the United States, and other free countries like it, need to crack down on potential terrorists

This is the big reason that the United States, and other free countries like it, need to crack down on potential terrorists entering our countries. We can only be free if that freedom is respected; if we don’t protect the freedom, it will be taken either by those who want to kill us or those who want to control us. Either way, the freedom of living in America is a precious gift that is in jeopardy every single day.

Here’s more from our source on what is know about the possible impending attacks:

“Asked how the US is tackling the threat of another 9/11-style atrocity, she said: ‘We have worked on some strong measures that we can’t talk about. We are trying to play the away game and that is working against them in their terrorist safe havens and homes.

‘We do have some terrorist groups on the move, you just saw the take-over of Raqqa and so if we can keep them declining and moving they have less time to sit and prepare.’

Mrs. Duke warned that the number of home-grown violent extremists, mostly inspired by terrorist organisations, is increasing in the US. She said the ability of IS militants to put terrorist propaganda on the internet will appeal more and more to extremists as they are pushed out of Syria and Iraq.

Mrs. Duke said web giants need to do more to detect extremist content online, and one way of doing this could be using the same technology used to identify people in passenger lists.

‘Terrorists are strong, they are adaptable and the terrorist threat is the highest it has been since pre-9/11. We have got to have every tool that’s possible,’ she added.

A total of 2,996 people were killed during the September 11 attacks, when al-Qaeda suicide attackers hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

Earlier in the day, she met the British interior minister Amber Rudd to discuss how to force internet giants to do more to tackle terrorism ahead of the G7 summit.

Following the recent wave of attacks in Manchester and London, police chiefs have said the threat facing the UK is a ‘new norm’ that will not change. 

Her chilling remarks came 24 hours after MI5 director general Andrew Parker warned Britain is facing its worst-ever terrorist threat in his first major speech since the UK was hit by a wave of attacks. 

The British spy chief said it was taking terrorists just days to hatch plots as violent extremists exploit ‘safe spaces online’ to evade detection. 

It is harder for the UK to protect itself because of its proximity to other countries and the ease of movement from terrorist safe havens, she suggested.”  

[H/T: Daily Mail]

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