Just when we thought things can’t get any worse, the Orlando Police Department broke the saddest news on its Twitter account saying “With deep regret, we have confirmed Christina Grimmie, @TheRealGrimmie, has died from her injuries.”
With deep regret, we have confirmed Christina Grimmie, @TheRealGrimmie has died from her injuries.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 11, 2016
The police said in a statement that the young and talented 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie, who touched a lot of hearts when she starred in NBC’s “The Voice”, died on Friday after she was caught in a shootout at a concert in Orlando, Florida perpetrated by an unidentified gunman, who then fatally shot himself afterwards.
The beautiful singer had just concluded a successful performance with the group Before You Exit at Orlando’s Plaza Live, but had to stay back to sign autographs for her numerous fans.
The statement added that to everyone’s surprise, a man who was heavily armed with two guns, walked up to her and shot her point-blank then went on to shoot himself when the singer’s brother tried to accost him.
“Christina’s brother immediately tackled the suspect, who shot & killed himself,” the police said. Christina Grimmie was quickly rushed to the Orlando Regional Medical Center but she later died from the gunshot injuries.
Grimmie, who received a standing ovation as she competed in the sixth season of “The Voice” in 2014, released her debut EP Find. It is not yet clear what the motive of the gunman who was not identified could have been.
“We don’t know if he was just a crazy fan that followed her on Twitter or on social media. We really don’t know,” police spokeswoman Wanda Miglio said during a news conference.
“This is a very tragic event. This should have been something that was fun and exciting, and for something like this to happen is just a tragedy.”
The Voice paid tribute to Grimmie on its official Twitter page: “There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice.”
Watch Christina Grimmie wow her audience at “The Voice”
May her young soul rest in perfect peace.