Fifth Harmony paid tribute to Christina Grimmie on Saturday night at the WBLI Summer Jam in Wantagh, New York, calling the deceased singer “a beautiful soul” and “a beautiful talent.” Grimmie, 22, was shot and killed on Friday night, following a performance in Orlando, Florida.
“I remember the first time we met her, she was nothing but nice to us. So humble,” Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei said to the crowd. “We love you, and we are praying for your family, and we know you are smiling down from above. Let’s all remember her: Chrstina Grimmie.” The group then lead a moment of silence for Grimmie, who rose to fame thanks to a large YouTube following and third-place finish on NBC’s The Voice.
Fifth Harmony is one of a number of musicians to have recognized Grimmie following her death. Charlie Puth dedicated a performance of “See You Again” to the memory of Grimmie, while Selena Gomez — who was friends with the singer — broke down in tears while discussing her at a Saturday night show.
“My heart is absolutely broken,” Gomez, who toured with Grimmie, wrote on Twitter following her murder. “I miss you Christina.” Grimmie was discovered by Gomez’s stepfather, Brian Teefey, who created a gofundme page to support the late singer’s family.
“Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling,” Teefey said in a statement. “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 the pitfalls associated with the business. I never could have imagined this horrific event being one of the pitfalls needing to be avoided.”