Over the weekend, we learned that former The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie was murdered following a show with her band Before You Exit in Orlando, Florida. This week, fans have been overwhelming in their support and now Christina Grimmie's former Voice coach Adam Levine seems to be coming through in a big way. Christina's brother, Marcus Grimmie, revealed in a message this morning that Adam Levine had offered to pay for Christina Grimmie's funeral expenses, among other expenses the family has incurred in the wake of her death.
Here's what Marcus Grimmie had to say about Levine's kind-hearted offer:
I found out this morning, that Adam Levine personally called my mother and said he will pay for the funeral and her plane flight, and I was blown away. Now a friend just told me to look at the gofundme page and I see it is at 100k. Words cannot express... literally I have no words.
I promise both my parents and I will read every one of these personalized messages. I'm so blown away by everything right now. But all I can say is thank you. And Christina will be missed and never ever forgotten.
Not only is Adam Levine helping out the family of The Voice contestant who was murdered, but active fans have been really willing to help, as well. At the time of this writing, a GoFund me account had been set up to support the Grimmie family through their loss. At the time of this writing, more than $153,000 had been raised for the family during their time of need. But Grimmie's Facebook message also reveals that the support that his family has been getting goes much deeper than the money. The emotional support is what has helped them to keep putting one foot forward each day.
Christina Grimmie wasn't a megastar. She was simply a talented singer who had exceeded expectations and done well on Season 6 of The Voice. At the time, Adam Levine had been so impressed with Grimmie that he'd offered to sign her to his label 222 Records regardless of the outcome of the season. She ultimately chose to sign with Island Records. She'll fondly be remembered by Voice fans for her performances, like the following.
On June 11, 2016 she was shot during a meet and greet by Kevin James Loibl. He was then tackled by Marcus Grimmie, who was also in her band. There was a struggle and the shooter turned his gun on himself.
In the aftermath, the motive for the shooting has yet to be determined. What's clear is that the world lost a talented young singer, far too soon.