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Singer Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” was shot dead outside of her Orlando concert Friday night.
While signing autographs for fans, a man carrying two guns walked up to the singer and shot the 22-year old, Orlando police spokeswoman Wanda Ford told reporters.
Grimmie’s brother tackled the man but he shot and killed himself before he could be apprehended, CNN reported.
“Her brother is a hero for saving and stopping him from not hurting anyone else,” Ford stated.
The singer was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and died a few hours later, according to CNN.
“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,” Heather Weiss, Grimmie’s publicist, said in a statement.
“She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn’t survive the gunshot wounds. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning.”
Prior to the show Grimmie posted a video on social media encouraging fans to come to the show.
ORLANDO!! Come out to the show tonight at the Plaza Live! Starts at 7:30!? pic.twitter.com/0D4mNupCTi
— Christina Grimmie (@TheRealGrimmie) June 10, 2016
The band she was performing with, Before Your Exit, posted a statement to social media expressing its condolences.
— Before You Exit⇞ (@beforeyouexit) June 11, 2016
The singer is being mourned by celebrities, fans and members of “The Voice.”
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There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family of @TheRealGrimmie.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) June 11, 2016
— Kristen Merlin (@KristenMerlin) June 11, 2016
— Raphael Gomes (@raphablueberry) June 11, 2016
— Lindsay Ell (@lindsayell) June 11, 2016
#RIPChristina ?? my thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones..
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 11, 2016
Christina Grimmie… You were so talented. I hope you find peace. You didn’t deserve this. #RIPChristina
— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) June 11, 2016
A tweet of Grimmie’s from 2013 has started circulating Twitter again following the tragedy.
Sometimes God allows terrible things to happen in your life and you don’t know why. But that doesn’t mean you should stop trusting Him.
— Christina Grimmie (@TheRealGrimmie) February 21, 2013
Watch a performance by Grimmie below.
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