Christina Grimmie, who was murdered at a meet-and-greet after a show in Orlando on Friday (June 10), will be laid to rest later this week near her New Jersey hometown, as Billboard reports. (Find the full article here.)
The 22-year-old singer was shot dead by Kevin Loibl – who subsequently killed himself, as well – after her performance at the club Plaza Live, where she was supporting pop trio Before You Exit. According to Billboard, there was no personal connection between her and her murderer.
A viewing will be held on Friday at the Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford, while the memorial service will be also held at the chapel on Friday night. The funeral expenses will be covered by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who was Grimmie’s mentor on The Voice.
A lot of singers paid their respects to Grimmie, including Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor and Selena Gomez, whose heartfelt words about the singer on stage touched the audience at her Miami concert.
“One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her,” said Gomez. “And I think it’s not about a religion and it’s not about… good deeds. It’s just that she had faith, and I don’t really understand how this really happened.”