Christina Grimmie‘s influence will never be forgotten.
One year after the singer’s shocking murder after one of her concerts in Orlando, her family has released a statement offering gratitude to her fans for their support over the time since the tragic incident.
“We want to take this moment to say thank you to Christina’s legion of fans worldwide and all the partners who contributed and are still contributing to her legacy,” the Grimmie family wrote, as shared in a Facebook post shared on Sunday alongside a beautiful photo of Christina, who was only 22 when she died.
“Your prayers, love, encouragement and support have been felt by us as a family and we are humbled and deeply appreciative,” they continued. “We too, are still healing, but know that we love each and every one of you. Thank you for your support!
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On June 10, 2016, Grimmie was shot after performing as the opening act for Before You Exit at The Plaza Live venue near downtown Orlando. Grimmie’s brother Marcus heroically tackled her assailant Kevin James Loibl to the ground, before the latter turned the gun on himself.
The Grimmie family’s heartfelt message to The Voice alum’s dedicated fan base comes the day after a memorial gathering outside The Plaza Live, where the Orlando Sentinel reports more than two dozen fans came together — many outfitted in her favorite color, green — to pay tribute to the slain singer by lighting candles, laying flowers and singing some of her songs.
“Honestly, it’s hard to be back here,” said Danielle Hendrix, 23, who was in attendance at Grimmie’s final show. “It’s a little bittersweet because since she was killed here, many of us feel closer to her at The Plaza.”
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“There was so much that happened after Christina’s death that I think her story really got swept to the side,” 18-year-old Reese Elmstedt told the Sentinel — likely referring to the Pulse nightclub shooting, which took place the same weekend on June 12, 2016.
“We will always remember her, her music and her legacy,” Elmstedt added to the Sentinel of Grimmie. “We miss her so much.”
In February, Grimmie’s family donated proceeds from the purchase of Christina’s posthumous single “Invisible” to establish a memorial fund in her name. They released the rest of the album, All Is Vanity, this past Friday.