Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old singer who came in third during Season 6 of “The Voice,” was shot Friday (June 10) after performing in Orlando. The assailant then turned the gun on himself; the singer died hours later at a local hospital.
According to USA Today, Grimmie and the band Before You Exit were signing autographs and selling merchandise after a show at the Plaza Live Theater when a man walked up and shot her. After Grimmie’s brother tackled the man, the assailant (whose name has not yet been released) shot and killed himself.
“This should have been something that was fun and exciting,” Orlando Sgt. Wanda Miglio said in a news conference about the event. “For something like this to happen is just a tragedy.”
According to Miglio, Grimmie’s brother likely stopped others from being hurt; the suspect had two guns and a hunting knife in his possession.
Grimmie was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center, as word spread quickly among her fans on social media. Within hours, the hashtag #PrayForChristina was trending, with heartfelt messages being posted worldwide.
“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,” her publicist Heather Weiss says in a statement. “She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn’t survive the gunshot wounds. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning.”
Orlando Police Spokesman Wanda Ford tells CNN that they are still searching for a motive. “We don’t know if he was just a crazy fan that followed her on Twitter or on social media,” Ford explains. “We really don’t know … it’s undetermined at this point.”
The last thing Grimmie posted on her own Twitter before the tragedy was a video urging fans to come to the show.