On Friday night, the world lost a beacon of light when singer Christina Grimmie was shot and killed during a meet and greet in Orlando. In the wake of this tragic event, many have come forward to share their love for Grimmie.
Christina’s The Voice coach Adam Levine created an Instagram post in her memory and is even offering to pay for the young woman’s funeral. Countless YouTubers have shown their support on social media, honoring the fact that Christina was a YouTube sensation and all-around amazing woman. Grimmie’s close friend Selena Gomez also took a moment to pay tribute to Christina when, during her Miami concert, she dedicated the song Transfiguration to her.
Not only is Selena offering her support and love to Christina’s family – so is her stepdad Brian Teefey. He was Grimmie’s long-time manager, who discovered her on YouTube and soon after became her representation. During an interview with Seventeen, Christina revealed, “I’m so blessed that they’re in my life. They’re literally like a family — Selena has been so encouraging ever since we got hooked up. It’s crazy! It’s very much a fairy tale.” Though Christina is no longer with us, Teefey aims to continue being there for the Grimmie family.
To help Christina’s loved ones live a worry-free life during this time of grief, Brian started a GoFundMe campaign with the goal to raise $4,000. Since then, the page has garnered over $150,000.
“Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling. I learned this business through the eyes of a father and Christina was like a second daughter to me,” wrote Brian on GoFundMe. “All I wanted to do was assist her in achieving her musical dreams while protecting her from the pitfalls associated with the business. I never could have imagined this horrific event being one of the pitfalls needing to be avoided.” He adds that Christina’s mother, father, and brother made the ultimate sacrifice to help their family member attain her musical dreams. Now, he wants to give them the love and support they unwaveringly offered Christina.
“Grimms I love you, and miss you beyond comprehension,” concluded Teefey.