Christina Grimmie, a young singer known for taking part in season 6 of The Voice in 2014 was brutally murdered on Friday 10th June after her concert performance in Florida. The star developed a talent for singing at the young age of 6 and following her participation in singing contest The Voice was offered multiple record contracts with stars such as Adam Levine and Lil Wayne. The young victim died tragically after being shot three times by Kevin James Loibl, a 27-year-old from Florida. The attack occurred on Friday 10th June whilst the singer was singing autographs in Orlando after her stage performance; the artist was rushed to hospital in critical condition and sadly passed the next morning.

Christina Grimmie’s manager Brian Teefey creates GoFundMe and raises thousands

Brian Teefey, who was Christina’s long-term manager and also step-father to Selena Gomez, set up a GoFundMe account under Christina Grimmie in order to raise money for the late singer’s family, the purpose of the funds is to help support them in this devastating and difficult time. Teefey was very supportive of the rising star and has said that she was like a second daughter to him; he had her best interests at heart and felt incredible pain when her death was announced. The account set up by the manager has done incredibly well and has received over 6,000 donations and nearly $150,000 in just less than three days.

Selena Gomez also hugely supports the fundraiser; Grimmie was one of Gomez’s backup singers and the two were close friends as they knew each other through Gomez’s step-father.

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Selena released a photo on Twitter of the pair together along with a statement saying “My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina”.  

Brian Teefey also released a statement expressing his upset saying “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. All I wanted to do was assist her in achieving her musical dreams while protecting her from pitfalls associated with the business.” The manager was horrified by the brutal attack and says he “never could have imagined this horrific event being one of the pitfalls needing to be avoided.” It remains unclear as to why Kevin Loibl chose to commit this unthinkable crime and unfortunately for the fans it is likely that we will never know that real reason as the murderer shot himself soon after firing at the 22-year-old singer.