On Friday night, singer and The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie was shot and killed at an Orlando concert at the age of 22. The act of violence was heartbreaking for Grimmie’s family, fans, and her peers, but thousands responded to the tragedy with an incredible outpouring of donations. A GoFundMe campaign set up to raise money for Grimmie’s family the day of her death has already raised over $125,000, more than 30 times the campaign’s goal of $4,000.
“In Christina’s honor I have created a Go Fund Me page to assist her family in their time of need,” writes Grimmie’s manager Brian Teefey in the campaign’s summary. “As family Mother, Father, and Brother made the ultimate family sacrifice to support Christina on her musical journey. They did nothing but love her and support her as family the best they knew how, the only worry I want them to have at this point is that of recovery.”
As of Monday morning, more than 4,500 contributors have donated to the cause, and the page has been shared more than 24,000 times on social media. Grimmie gained notability as an artist on season 6 of The Voice. After her death, scores of people posted tributes to her on social media, including her close friend Selena Gomez and her The Voice coach Adam Levine.
Late Sunday night, Grimmie’s brother Marcus shared his gratitude over the support he and his family have received from the campaign on his Facebook page. Marcus also wrote that Adam Levine personally called Grimmie’s mother and said that he would pay for Christina’s funeral and plane flight.
“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,” Marcus wrote. “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.”