Christina Grimmie’s Brother Speaks At Candlelight Vigil, Honoring The Late Singer & The Victims Of The Orlando Nightclub Shooting

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On Friday, former The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie lost her life after she was shot by Kevin Loibl while signing autographs outside her Orlando show.

Since the tragic event, not only have we received more information about the shooter, who ended up killing himself after shooting Christina, but there has been an outpour of support for the late singer from various artists including Fifth Harmony.

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Marcus Grimmie, the singer’s brother and tour manager, was the person addressed hundreds of friends and family that gathered in Evesham, New Jersey, for a vigil held Monday night at Evesham’s memorial complex for his sister.

Christina’s older bro, who was also the one who tackled the gunman, opened up to the crowd saying:

“The tragedy that took place was at a free meet-and-greet post-show. I missed the first glimpse, but witnesses say she was arms open wide [to the shooter]. She had no idea and she treated everybody the same.”

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Grimmie also took the opportunity to touch on the tragic shooting that occurred in Orlando, Florida over the weekend stating:

“About four miles from where we were staying, there was a huge tragedy to Orlando, to the U.S., the LGBT community, to the whole world. Fifty people dead, who knows who’s injured, and I come home to this.

The singer’s grief stricken brother spoke about all the love and support he’s received from friends, family, and even celebs:

“I have no words ├óΓé¼┬ª I had five people fly out [to Orlando], my mom and dad ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ people bought them plane tickets. Adam Levine paid for Christina’s funeral ├óΓé¼┬ª Selena [Gomez] is singing a song and crying.”

Though Grimmie and his family have gotten their fair share of support, he’s VERY aware of how lucky he is as he talked about the love he’s received versus the victims in Orlando saying:

“These people didn’t have that. And we’re blessed to, so I’m at a great peace right now. She’s in a better place.”

We can’t begin to imagine how difficult everything must be for Marcus, but it’s good to hear that he’s starting to find peace and move on.

Several other fans took to Twitter to share pictures from the emotional night:


Our hearts continue to go out to all those affected by both Christina’s passing and anyone involved in the Orlando shooting.

[Image via Instagram.]

Jun 14, 2016 9:49am PDT

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