On the night of Friday, June 10, just one day prior to former Youtube star and The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie was tragically shot at close range after performing at a concert also in Orlando.
In the days since, her Voice coaches have paid tribute to the young talent from New Jersey, beginning with the show itself via their official Twitter channel:
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice)
Fans of The Voice will recall that Grimmie had a close relationship with her mentor Adam Levine of Maroon 5, who followed through on his promise to sign her to his label regardless of whether she won. Here’s what Levine had to say:
Behati and I are absolutely devastated and heartbroken by Christina Grimmies death. Our hearts go out to her family
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine)
Host Carson Daly was struggling to process the news much like the rest of the world, and paid tribute to her character and her talent in his message:
So sad about . I’m still in shock. She was special. Had IT. Talented. Kind. Funny. Loving. Courageous. We hurt w her family.
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly)
Blake Shelton did the same while also touching on the horror and injustice of the senseless loss of life that comes with every shooting in the US:
I’m stunned and disgusted and heartbroken that we lost that sweet little girl… Keeping family in my heart and mind.
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton)
Right up until last week, Christina was using her profile to raise money for charitable causes close to her heart such as the Humane Society.
A photo posted by Christina Grimmie (@therealgrimmie) on
While she will continue to be celebrated and loved, the life of a big hearted, hard working young girl did not need to end this way. Christina Grimmie was 22 years old.
In the wake of this and the Orlando shooting that followed on Saturday night, a petition has been created to try and increase gun control to ensure no more lives are lost the way Christina’s was. It’s already at 655k signatures, and takes only five seconds to complete.
You are the Princess Shireen of the House Baratheon, and you are my daughter.