Christina Grimmie, who launched a pop music career after participating on The Voice, was shot and killed last night after a concert in Orlando. Tributes from all over the world have poured out on social media for 22-year-old, especially on Twitter, where the #RIPChristina hashtag has accrued nearly 2 million tweets—making it the top worldwide trend on Saturday.
Here are a few of the most poignant tweets posted in the wake of Grimmie's passing.
My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina pic.twitter.com/KWGwZZlj4t— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) June 11, 2016
I'm stunned and disgusted and heartbroken that we lost that sweet little girl... Keeping @TheRealGrimmie family in my heart and mind.— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) June 11, 2016
#RIPChristina 😰😢 my thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones..— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 11, 2016
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
My heart hurts hearing this news.. So terrible. Praying for Christina and her family. #prayforchristina— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) June 11, 2016
Our artists & families is my territory on #theVoice. I take great pride. Knowing them. Hosting them. Supporting them. It's not TV. It's real— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) June 11, 2016
Grimmie was shot after a performance in Orlando Friday night by a still unidentified assailant. NPR reports that Grimmie's brother immediately tackled the suspect after the shooting. Orlando police credit Grimmie's brother with "stopping him [the shooter] from causing any more harm to Christina and her fans." USA Today reports that the suspect was a 21-year-old white male armed with two guns and a hunting knife. He had traveled from another city in Florida specifically to attack Grimmie. The shooter killed himself shortly after the incident, and was pronounced dead on the scene.
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