NJ ‘Voice’ Contestant Christina Grimmie Shot to Death While Signing Autographs
South Jersey "The Voice" contestant Christina Grimmie was shot to death Friday night as she signed autographs after a concert in Orlando.
Orlando Police in a series of tweets said that Grimmie, 22, of Evesham was signing autographs when a gunman walked up at a venue called Plaza Live and shot her at point blank range. Her brother tackled the suspect who then turned the gun on himself and died according to police.
Grimmie was taken to a hospital and died from her injuries around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, according to police.
Publicist Heather Walsh said in an email early Saturday that "we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord."
Grimmie finished third on the NBC series in 2014 as a member of Adam Levine's team. She attended Cherokee High School but left the Marlton school in 2011 as she pursued a music career and eventually moved to Los Angeles.
Billboard writer Michele Amabile said that during Grimmie's time on "The Voice" she got the rare "four chair turnaround" from the judges. "Four chair turnarounds are special for Voice contestants, and Christina's version of 'Wrecking Ball' by Miley Cyrus was so strong she got one from Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher," Amabile said of the performer, who had four of her performances on the show make the iTunes Top 10.
Just before "The Voice" finale aired live from Los Angeles in May of 2014, Evesham's township council recognized Grimmie's accomplishment.
"We wish to recognize her formidable talents. Her journey was nothing short of spectacular," officials said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report