A singer who was a previous contestant on NBC’s The Voice was shot and killed while performing at an Orlando Concert. Christina Grimmie, 22 had just finished performing Friday evening when a man approached her as she met with fans to sign autographs. The man, whose identity has yet to be released, brandished two guns as he approached Grimmie. After Grimmie was shot, the man was tackled by her brother and eventually shot himself. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Grimmie died hours later after being taken to the hospital in critical condition. Grimmie’s publicist confirmed the death with E! News stating “It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord.”
Grimmie had been performing with local punk rock band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live Theater at the time, and was slated to perform in two California events the following week. The family currently has a GoFundMe page to help support the family with funeral costs. In 2014, Grimmie had performed in season 6 of The Voice, under the direction of Adam Levene, placing third.
The story comes amid Florida Supreme Court deciding whether or not the state should change their current laws from a “shall issue” state to an open carry state. Just last week, guns rights groups spoke at the Florida Supreme Court proposing an open carry law with some support by high officials, according to an article published by The Sun-Sentinel. The article states “Florida Carry attorney Eric Friday said the state’s nearly 30-year-old concealed-weapons law violates the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which he said requires people to be allowed to openly carry guns.” By national standards, Florida is considered a more lenient state when it comes to gun regulation. There was a bill to legalize open carry this year, house bill 163, however, it did not pass
Upon hearing the news or Grimmie’s death Levine tweeted a photo of the two on Instagram with the caption “I’m sad, shocked and confused. We love you so much Grimmie. We are all praying hard that you can pull through this…this just isn’t fair.”
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