Tragic news today: The Voice's Christina Grimmie was shot and killed after her Orlando concert Friday night, and the world has been robbed of a young, talented, beautiful woman who had her entire life ahead of her.
Grimmie, who was just 22, had opened for the band Before You Exit at the Plaza Live Theater and was signing autographs for fans inside of the venue when a man armed with two guns walked up to her and shot her, according to police. Grimmie's brother tackled the shooter to the ground, and the shooter then shot and killed himself.
Grimmie was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition. While doctors worked to try and save her life, fans on Twitter posted messages of hope with the hashtag #PrayforChristina. Sadly, Grimmie died of her injuries five hours later.
Witness Josh Call, who was outside of the venue selling vegan hot dogs, told police the incident happened quickly and that he heard four or five gunshots. "It was quick, like pow, pow, pow, pow," Call said.
Some are beginning to question why a man was allowed to enter the concert venue with guns. According to Juana Villegas, a fan who attended the concert, a security guard quickly glanced inside her purse before she was allowed to enter the arena but didn't pat her down.
There are no further details yet about the shooter or his motivation for killing Grimmie. Meanwhile, the singer's brother is being hailed as a hero for preventing the shooter from hurting anyone else that night.
Grimmie was from Marlton, New Jersey, and rose to fame as a performer on YouTube, gaining more than 2 million subscribers before appearing on Season 6 of The Voice. Working with Adam Levine, she placed third in the competition. She signed with Island Records and was working on her first major record, which was expected to be released this fall.
Many fans and fellow performers are using Twitter to post sweet and sad messages for Grimmie. "There are no words," The Voice tweeted. "We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family of @TheRealGrimmie."
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