We are still just heartbroken over Christina Grimmie‘s horribly tragic death late Friday night.
Now, more celebs and entertainment industry insiders are trying to wrap their head around it, like Brian Teefey — the man who was Grimmie’s longtime manager and also, coincidentally, Selena Gomez‘s stepfather.
Speaking in a statement to PEOPLE, Teefey said:
“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.”
And Teefey continued, obviously incredibly heartbroken:
“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.”
In light of that — the sacrifices the family has made on Christina’s behalf, and the challenges they now face in light of the tragedy — Teefey has been motivated to start a GoFundMe page to raise money in honor of the singer to help her family.
You can click HERE to contribute to that if you so choose.
Rest in peace, Christina.
[Image via Jaime Espinoza/WENN.]