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US Singer Grimmie Shot Dead In Florida

Singer Christina Grimmie, who had competed on
the US TV programme The Voice, has died of her
wounds after being shot in Florida, police say.
They say a man opened fire on her when she was
signing autographs after a concert in Orlando.
The assailant – who was tackled by Ms
Grimmie’s brother – then shot and killed himself.
The 22-year-old singer died in a local hospital.
In 2014, Ms Grimmie finished third during season
six of The Voice.
In a tweet, Orlando’s police wrote: “With deep
regret, we have confirmed Christina Grimmie,
@TheRealGrimmie has died from her injuries.”
Meanwhile, Ms Grimmie’s publicist Heather Walsh
said: “It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm
that Christina has passed and went home to be
with the Lord.”
Police say Ms Grimmie was shot about 22:45
local time on Friday (02:45 GMT Saturday) at The
Plaza Live in Orlando.
The gunman opened fire as she was signing
autographs for fans with Before You Exit band.
The attacker, whose name has not been released,
had two guns.
Orlando Police Department spokeswoman Wanda
Miglio said Grimmie’s brother “immediately
tackled the suspect”.
“During the struggle, the suspect shot himself.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene,”
the spokeswoman said.
She described Ms Grimmie’s brother as a “hero”
for stopping the attacker “from not hurting anyone
else”.
Up to 100 people were at the concert, but only a
handful remained at the venue when the shooting
happened, officials said.
A police investigation is now under way into how
the suspect had managed to enter the venue with
the firearms.
News of the attack spread quickly on social
media, with many fans voicing their shock and
anger.
When the first reports of the shooting surfaced,
#PrayForChristina was the top trending hashtag
on Twitter.
It changed to #RIPChristina after the death was
confirmed.
Meanwhile, The Voice wrote in a tweet: “There are
no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an
amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends,
fans and family of @TheRealGrimmie.”
Ms Grimmie first came to prominence as a
teenager for her renditions of hit songs, amassing
a huge following on YouTube.
In 2011, she released her debut musical recording
Find Me. Her second EP – Side A – followed in
February 2016.
– BBC

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