‘It’s just that she had faith, and I don’t really understand how this really happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her.’ – Selena Gomez
Christina Grimmie was aged 22. Sadly, she passed away on 10 June 2016. She was so young and talented, yet so fragile. That is why I have decided to write about her and dedicate this post to her.
Christina participated in the hit singing show, The Voice, in 2014 and was made known through it, under the guidance of her mentor Adam Levine. Even before that, she was a famous YouTuber, making entertaining and wonderful covers of songs to share with others. Her account name was zeldaxlove64 and with her amazing popularity, she recently had about 3.6 million subscribers! She has performed in the UNICEF charity concert and performed backup-vocals for Selena Gomez and the Scene. Christina identified herself as Christian and even sang a cover of the Christian song, “In Christ Alone”. That was one of the few covers I have listened to and I found that after her passing, it held such a deeper meaning. Her voice and talent was indescribable and the words touched my heart, just like I think it touched many others.
According to Selena Gomez, “One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her. And I think it’s not about a religion and it’s not about anything or good deeds.” She continued to say during her Miami concert, “‘it’s just that she had faith, and I don’t really understand how this really happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her.”
Christina was performing a concert in Orlando, Florida when she was shot during an autograph signing with her fans. Thankfully, her brother tackled the shooter before he could further hurt Christina or anyone else at the venue. The shooter then committed suicide by shooting himself and was pronounced dead at the scene. The shooter, Kevin James Loibl apparently had no traceable connections with Grimmie. However, he seemed very suspicious. He had cosmetic surgery to make himself more appealing to Christina and “vowed” to make her his wife. This may be why he shot Christina, but the world will never know for sure.
This tragedy has brought sadness among many of her family and friends. It has caused more people to speak up about strengthening the security at concert venues like these. Some people talked about how they should definitely check for things such as hidden or concealed weapons that could potentially hurt anybody – including both the performers and audience.
Personally, I found Christina to be really fascinating and amazing. To be able to hold your faith so closely yet continue pursuing your dreams without ever changing is not easy, yet she managed to do so. It is very unfortunate that such a young and talented person is gone just because of an incident like this.
Rest in peace Christina.
Jaime Ng 1 Loyalty