A public memorial and private funeral were held on Friday.
A tragic end to a story just begun.
Christina Grimmie was farewelled by family, friends and fans at a private funeral and public memorial in New Jersey, on Friday.
After meeting with Christina’s fans during a five hour public memorial, the 22-year-old’s father delivered a heartwrenching speech at her funeral:
“This crowd has blessed me beyond words. There is this gigantic hole in my heart that I know is never going to go away but God showed me he is way bigger than that hole. I believe that. There are three things that keep me upright rather than being a crumpled mess in the corner. I know I am going to see her again. She is not going to be hurting… This is where I am wrestling, God’s plan is better than my plan. I’ve argued with God, ‘Your plans are better than mine?’ This doesn’t make sense.”
Her mother spoke about the last time she saw Christina:
“The last time I saw my daughter was on my birthday. It was May 25th and the day before, the 24th we had a mother-daughter – we always have a mother-daughter time. We’d go get something to eat and talk and then we went on my birthday – me, Bud, Christina and Mark – we went to Cheesecake Factory and it was really nice. And then they had to get things ready for tour.”
And on Monday, during a candlelight vigil for the Voice star, her brother – who tackled Grimmie’s killer and has been dubbed a hero by police – spoke of her final moments:
“When the gunman came, he was very quick, it happened so fast, her arms were open and she saw Jesus next. “Her arms were open for him, her arms were open at all times. I love you Christina, you are the best.”
While police have confirmed Grimmie had no personal connection to the gunman, a motive for the murder has yet to be determined.
More than $180,000 has been raised for Christina’s through a GoFundMe campaign set up by her manager.