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Christian Singer Christina Grimmie 'Loved the Lord,' Greeted Killer With 'Arms Open Wide'

Leah Marieann Klett : Jun 16, 2016  Gospel Herald

"She loved this town. She loved the state. She loved singing. She loved the Lord. And she loved me and she was just my baby sister."

[Gospel Herald] Christina Grimmie, the Christian singer who was shot and killed during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, "loved the Lord" and embraced everyone—even the man who took her life. (Photo: Reuters/Steve Marcus)

Marcus Grimmie, brother of the popular contestant on NBC's "The Voice," emotionally remembered his sister during a vigil held in her hometown of Evesham, New Jersey.

"She loved this town. She loved the state. She loved singing. She loved the Lord. And she loved me and she was just my baby sister," he told 500 supporters gathered to remember the fallen singer. 
 
As earlier reported, Christina, 22, died on Saturday after she was shot in an attack by Kevin James Loibl, 27, as she signed autographs after a concert in Orlando, Florida. The suspect fatally shot himself as well, after Grimmie's brother tackled him, according to authorities.
 
The singer had performed at The Plaza Live theater Friday night, along with the band Before You Exit, when the shooting broke out. She was rushed to a hospital in critical condition and died a few hours later, reports CNN.
 
Marcus recalled: "The tragedy that took place. It was a free meet and greet post show. I missed the very first glimpse but witnesses say that she was arms open wide. So she had no idea. She treated everybody the same. And it was hard for her because...
 
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