Friend at Christina Grimmie Vigil: She’s ‘In a Place Where There’s No More Sorrow’
EVESHAM — The short life of New Jersey native and singer Christina Grimmie was celebrated Monday night in her home town at a candlelight vigil.
Hundreds of fans and friends — many outfitted in 'Team Grimmie Forever' T-shirts — gathered at a local sports field to pay tribute to Grimmie, who was gunned down during a post-show meet-and-greet Friday night in Orlando, Fla. by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl.
"The good news is she's in a place where there's no more sorrow, no more loss, no more pain," said Scott Crosthwait, whose daughter wrote songs with Grimmie when they were younger. "But we that are left behind very much feel the sorrow, pain and suffering."
Twenty-two year old Grimmie had lived in New Jersey until moving to Los Angeles in 2012. Two years later, she finished in third-place on NBC's singing competition "The Voice."
Vigil attendees remembered Grimmie as a selfless, kind-hearted woman whose actions and words were driven mostly by her faith in God.
"You knew that she had the Lord in her heart; you could just see it in her eyes," said 23-year-old Crystal Hammond, who attended school with Grimmie. "I know that this is a hard thing to process, but God is greater than this."
Grimmie's brother Marcus addressed the crowd before a planned moment of silence.
"She loved this town, she loved this state, she loved singing, she loved the Lord and she loved me," he said of his younger sister.
Marcus was recognized as a hero at the event by Evesham Mayor Randy Brown. The assailant reportedly shot and killed himself after Marcus tackled him to the ground.