Musician Christina Grimmie’s family shared a memorial video stringing together clips of her career from her days as a YouTube sensation up until she became a contestant on The Voice.
A Rolling Stone report on June 18 (Philippine time) quoted Grimmie in her memorial video as saying “My goal in my career is to inspire people, is to get my music out there and have people enjoy it, and have people think of me as an inspirational artist.”
At the end of the clip, Grimmie urged her fans to move on without a heavy heart.
“You’re strong so own it. Love, me,” said Grimmie.
The singer-songwriter, 22, was shot by a lone gunman on June 11 (Philippine time) after a concert at the Plaza Live, Orlando, Florida. Her death was met with an outpouring of sadness on social media, even from Filipino celebrities.
During Christina’s funeral on Saturday, June 18 (Philippine time), her brother Marcus told family and friends, “I don’t have anything to say, I don’t have words still and it’s a good and bad thing. All I’m going to say is thank God for the mark that she left on this world.”
Marcus, who was present at the time of Christina’s shooting, confirmed that the singer-songwriter greeted her assailant Kevin James Loibl with open arms.
“All the rumors are true that when the gunman came…her arms were open. That’s how she treated everyone she knew, her arms were open for them. So thanks again for coming out you guys, and I love you Christina,” Marcus said.
Christina has been laid to rest in her home state, New Jersey.
Grimmie’s memorial video may be viewed by fans on her YouTube channel, zeldaxlove64. It has received 1,506,521 views as of posting time.