Saturday, June 11, 2016

'The Voice' singer Christima Grimmie shot dead at concert

Former "The Voice" contestant Christina Grimmie was shot dead after her concert in Florida, police reported.

The 22-year-old singer, who co-performed with band Before You Exit, was signing autographs and selling merchandise after their show at the Plaza Live Theater in Orlando when she was shot. She was taken to a local hospital but later died of gunshot wounds.

"It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord," Grimmie's publicist said.

"We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning. If you'd like to give back to Christina's family in her memory, please consider donating to the families GoFundMe page in their time of need."

Grimmie was attacked backstage at around 10:45 pm by an unidentified man. Her brother Mark, tackled the assailant before turning the gun on himself, witnesses said. The gunman, who had two guns in possession, died on the scene.

"Detectives were told the suspect, who is not being identified at this time, walked toward Christina and shot her. Christina's brother immediately tackled the suspect stopping him from causing any more harm to Christina and her fans. During the struggle, the suspect shot himself. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene," Orlando police said.

Police investigation is now under way.

The news quickly spread on social media, with many fans expressing their shock and anger. The hashtag #RIPChristinaGrimmie became a trending topic on Twitter.

Grimmie joined the sixth season of "The Voice" in 2014, where she placed third.

[Photo: E! Online]

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