Selena Gomez Breaks Down Onstage Remembering Christina Grimmie
Superstar singer Selena Gomez, whose family once managed slain singer Christina Grimmie, broke down at a Miami concert while remembering the former "Voice" contestant, who died after being shot by a "deranged fan" in Orlando on Friday night.
Daily Mail reports Gomez broke down in tears while delivering a tribute to Grimmie at her latest concert Saturday night.
"When she was 14, we met her and my parents and I signed her," Selena said, her voice trembling. "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 anything or good deeds, it's just that she had faith, and I don't really understand how this really happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her."
Selena performed the song "Transfiguration" in Grimmie's honor.
According to Daily Mail, a fan who was an eyewitness to Grimmie's murder told the media she saw Kevin James Loibl approach Grimmie after the show, where she was mingling with fans and giving autographs. Twenty-year-old Destiny Rivera was in line behind Grimmie, and remembered, "Christina was hanging out by the merchandise table, near the sound desk. She was talking to fans and taking pictures... The one guy in front of us was walking up to meet her. Her arms were open, waiting to greet him with a hug. Then there was a sound of three pops, like balloons... I saw Christina's leg fall to the side on the ground like a dead weight. I didn't see her face."
Grimmie was pronounced dead hours after the shooting. Loibl was tackled by Grimmie's brother Mark, who has since been hailed as a hero.