We recently reported on the horrific murder of YouTube star and singing sensation Christina Grimmie. The 22 year old American was shot in the head as she signed autographs after playing a gig in Orlando, Florida. The star, who gained over 3 million subscribers on her YouTube channel and was a finalist on The Voice in 2014, touched hearts with her incredible music and positive messages of love and peace.
As news of the shooting reached social media, #PrayForChristina began trending as Orlando police revealed she was in a critical condition. YouTubers, celebrities and fans from across the globe sent their messages of hope but sadly Christina died of her injuries just an hour later. The YouTube community quickly united in its grief and everyone from Zoe Sugg to PewDiePie, Tyler Oakley and Emma Blackery shared their stories of how Christina Grimmie touched their lives and how much of a shock her death was to the world.
Details of Christina’s death later emerged and it’s been confirmed that “deranged fan” Kevin Loibl was the man who so cruelly ended Christina’s life. The 27 year old, also from Florida, apparently travelled 100 miles to the venue in Orlando with specific intention to murder Christina Grimmie. At the meet and greet, Christina went to embrace Loibl in a hug before he shot her in the head. In a heroic act, Christina’s brother tackled the gunman before he turned the gun on himself.
With this heartbreaking information coming to light, the YouTube community has come out in force with messages of supports for Christina’s family, friends and fans. Below is a round up of some of the most moving messages and videos we’ve seen so far.
If you’d like to support Christina Grimmie’s family, a Go Fund Me page has been set up in the YouTuber’s honour. You can donate to the fund by clicking here.
We’d also like to share an absolutely stunning cover of Christina’s My Anthem by the amazing Dodie Clark.
RIP Christina Grimmie.