Selena Gomez breaks down as she pays tribute to her friend
The band murdered singer Christina Grimmie toured with when she was killed have returned to the venue where she was shot dead.
Former The Voice contestant Grimmie was murdered by an obsessed fan on Friday (June 10) following a show at Orlando club Plaza Live.
Grimmie was supporting pop trio Before You Exit, who returned to Plaza Live last night (June 13). The band had to collect their gear back from the venue, and manager Anthony Najarian said: “It was so hard to go back to the venue.”
He posted a photo of Grimmie’s dressing room, which had a vase of flowers and a white heart with the word “radiate” in the middle. Najarian added: “We left the lights on in your green room and prayed over the area of your death. I will love you for all eternity and can’t wait to see you again and have an epic Smash battle.”
Grimmie was managed by Brian Teefy, the stepfather of Selena Gomez, who discovered the singer in 2011. On Saturday, Gomez broke down in tears on stage as she paid tribute to the singer. At a concert in Miami, Gomez said: “One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her. And I think it’s not about a religion and it’s not about… good deeds. It’s just that she had faith, and I don’t really understand how this really happened.”
Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony and Meghan Trainor also paid tribute to Grimmie during shows at the weekend. Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, who was Grimmie’s mentor on The Voice, has offered to pay the funeral expenses.
Grimmie, who was 22, was shot dead by Kevin Loibl during a meet-and-greet with fans after her performance. Loibl subsequently shot himself dead.