The family of singer Christina Grimmie thanked fans for “the outpouring of love and generosity” in their first statement since the former Voice contestant was murdered last month.
“As we have always known, Christina’s life was so very special, not only to us, but to everyone she touched with her joyful heart, beautiful voice and love for life and the Lord,” the family said. “Words cannot express what the many memorials, donations and tributes shared by Christina’s fans and those in the media and entertainment industry mean to us. She will live on in our hearts forever. We will take our time in determining the best ways to honor Christina moving forward.”
Prior to this statement, the Grimmie family had remained mostly silent. Grimmie’s brother Marcus posted a few pictures and comments to Facebook after the shooting, while the family released a memorial video celebrating Grimmie’s life and career following her funeral. Grimmie’s manager, Brian Teefey, also set up a GoFundMe page to assist the singer’s family, which will end on Sunday, July 10th.
Grimmie was shot by Kevin James Loibl while signing autographs after a concert with the band Before You Exit in Orlando, Florida on June 10th. Loibl fatally shot himself after Marcus tackled him to the ground. Grimmie was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and died a few hours later.
Grimmie’s death drew an outpouring of reactions from the music community. Voice judge, and Grimmie’s coach, Adam Levine, paid for the singer’s funeral, while both Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber delivered powerful tributes.
Pantera — whose guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was shot and killed in a similar incident involving a crazed fan — also expressed their condolences and called for better artist protection.