The Voice season six third-place contestant Christina Grimmie was shot and killed while signing autographs after a concert in Orlando Friday night. She was 22.
The unidentified killer, who had two guns, approached and shot her inside The Plaza Live venue. Orlando Police reported that “Christina’s brother immediately tackled the suspect, who shot & killed himself.” She was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition; Orlando Police later confirmed she died at 2:51 a.m.
Christina had opened for a band called Before You Exit. Her final tweet was a video in which she encouraged fans to come see the show.
The Voice’s Twitter account posted this message early Saturday morning:
“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.”
Christina, who was a well-known YouTube performer, appeared on the show in the spring of 2014, just over two years after receiving the 2011 American Music Awards’ New Media award.
In December 2014, Christina returned to The Voice to sing a song from her album. Watch: