Tributes to NJ ‘Voice’ star Christina Grimmie, gunned down in June, are full of love
Two video tributes have been released honoring two aspects of the life of former "Voice" contestant Christina Grimmie of Evesham, two weeks after she was gunned down after a concert in Orlando.
Many former contestants from the NBC reality show share memories of the 22-year-old in a video released by the show's producers. Jake Barker called Grimmie his "little sister" who bought video games and a skateboard while on tour while Kat Perkins remembered them dying their hair blonde when their coach Adam Levine had done the same thing.
Audra McLaughlin said Grimmie was "goofy and funny," while Colts Neck's Jacquie Lee, the runner up from season 5, said she has many memories with Grimmie: "I miss them all."
Grimmie finished third in 2014 during the show's season 6.
The organizers and founders of VidCon debuted a video at last weekend's convention in Anahim featuring YouTubers performing her song "With Love" to a montage of clips from her videos and "The Voice." FIghting off tears, brothers Jon and Hank Green, introduced the video by praising Grimmie for “her innovation and her generosity" they said "will affect this industry and this community forever and I’m proud of that. Her memory will always be with us."
The convention is a yearly gathering of online video creators and viewers. Like many young performers, Grimmie used YouTube to promote her songs and to move her career forward.
After the video was shown they encouraged a minute of applause rather than silence in her memory.
Orlando Police said Kevin Loibl shot Grimmie as she was signing autographs after a concert. Loibl had become obsessed with Grimmie and lost weight, had eye surgery and got hair implants to improve his appearance to someday meet her.