Christina Grimmie Assassinated

Christina Grimmie Assasinated

ORLANDO, Fla. (from WFTV/WTHR) – The Latest on the assassination of Christina Grimmie, in Orlando, Florida:

4:00 p.m.

The moderator panelists of Vote for the Girls are saddened to hear about the death of Christina Grimmie. She has been one of the best VFTG picks ever. On this day–June 11, 2016, when the moderator panelists were about to go on a reward for Alisan Porter’s victory on the tenth season of “The Voice” suddenly word arrived from Orlando that Christina Grimmie was rushed to an Orlando area hospital and now this devastating news that she was assassinated.

11:10 a.m.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina says that the suspect who shot and killed Grimmie apparently traveled from another city in Florida to Orlando to confront her, reportedly as an act of revenge from her third place finish on “The Voice 6”.

Mina says the suspect didn’t appear to know Christina Grimmie personally and may have been a deranged fan, although the motive was still unknown.

Grimmie was shot to death after giving a concert in Orlando on Friday night. She died early Saturday.

The 22-year-old singer from New Jersey finished third during season six of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2014, competing on the team of Maroon 5 star Adam Levine. She began amassing a following on YouTube as a teenager, gripping online viewers with her powerful renditions of hit songs. Her videos on YouTube have garnered millions of views.

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9:45 a.m.

Christina Grimmie’s last social media post a few hours before she was fatally shot showed a smiling upbeat young woman asking people to attend her concert.

“Hey guys, what’s up?” she said into the camera. The 22-year-old was bubbly and urged fans to stop by the show at The Plaza in Orlando. She closed with an excited “byee!”

The video was posted around 7 p.m. and according to authorities, the concert ended around 10 p.m. Grimmie was shot as she signed autographs for fans at a merchandise table.

Grimmie, a Marlton, New Jersey native, competed on the team of Maroon 5 star Adam Levine. She began amassing a following on YouTube as a teenager, gripping online viewers with her powerful renditions of hit songs. Her videos on YouTube have garnered millions of views.

5:00 am
Singer Christina Grimmie has died from wounds after being shot at a Florida concert venue Friday, according to Heather Walsh the entertainer’s publicist.

The singer and members of the band Before You Exit were signing autographs after a concert at Orlando’s Plaza Live when a male suspect shot Grimmie, Orlando Police Department Sgt. Wanda Miglio said at a news conference.

Grimmie’s brother tackled the shooter. The suspect then fatally shot himself, Miglio said.

Police did not identify the shooter and said a motive is not yet known. Miglio called the shooting a “very tragic event” and praised Grimmie’s brother as a “hero.”

The shooter had two guns on him, according to police.

The shooting occurred around 10:45 p.m. ET while the performers were meeting with fans and selling merchandise. There were around 60 people in the area at the time, but nobody else was hurt, Miglio said.

Fans reported hearing at least six gunshots inside the venue.

Police say Grimmie’s brother tackled the gunman, something Mina called heroic as it prevented the suspect from shooting any other bystanders. The gunman then turned the gun on himself.

The singer was brought to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Shortly after 3 a.m., Orlando police announced that Grimmie had died from her injuries

Her publicist issued a statement to WFTV, confirming the news.

At the time of the shooting, 120 people were inside the venue, which was being patrolled by unarmed security guards, Mina said.

Though the venue doesn’t have metal detectors or require pat-downs, Mina said security officers checked bags and purses at the facility’s entrance.

Police believe the gunman had planned to return to the city from where he came. Investigators are now studying his cellphone and computer to determine his motive.

Investigators also are trying to determine how the unidentified man obtained the guns.

Mina said there’s no indication Grimmie knew her killer. And it’s unknown if he had contacted her on social media.

Detectives met Grimmie’s parents Saturday.

Grimmie came in third place and the female winner (losing to notorious Vote for the Worst pick Josh Kaufman) on season 6 of “The Voice,” NBC’s singing competition, which aired in 2014.

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Vote for the Girls founder and webmaster Ava Zinn knew at an early age that she wanted to be in the news business and entertainment industry. Ava’s a Van Buren, Indiana, native and graduated from Mississinewa High School in Gas City, IN. She worked at two fantasy television stations in Marion/Fort Wayne as a reporter/anchor/producer at WFAZ-FTV (now WMRI-FTV) in Fort Wayne where she spent nine years. Ava then went to WXXC-FDT “INNCD 47” where she and Rachel Dean, Sr. launched the first internet TV station. She spent 12 years at INNCD 47 before leaving the fantasy TV news industry in 2011. Ava Zinn currently hosts Vote for the Girls USA and serves as the executive producer since its April 28, 2010 debut. Most people know Ava as one of Indiana’s strongest transwomen, the transwoman whose groundbreaking accomplishments has helped take change Indiana laws to include trans-men and trans-women, making Marion, Indiana and Grant County a more transgender friendly community, as well as the groundbreaking innovator as former President and CEO of NoSirGitfs Venues, whose small business and launched INNewsCenter and WXXC-FCA “INNCD 47” at Mississinewa High School as a Computer Technology project assignment in November 1999. But gifts and media are not the career she envisioned for herself. December 1, 2004 will go down in history as the day that changed how Indiana protects the LGBT community from discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity. The date wasn’t chosen randomly. It was exactly the day that Ava Zinn officially began the transition from male to female. Prior to the transition, Ava was one of the top male Special Education Students in Indiana. Since the big transition, Ava has maintained her prominence in the community of Marion, Indiana. Born a boy in LaGrange, Illinois and educated in the Mississinewa Community Schools from 1986 to 2002, Ava moved to Indiana in November 1983 with her mother, Margaret (1943-2002), and brother, Albert (1977-2002), and were living the American Dream. After graduating from Mississinewa High School, Ava was studying to become a special education teacher. But after a prom date being a no show and dis-enrolled from Indiana Wesleyan University in September 2001, everything changed. April 18, 2011 will go down in history as Ava Zinn announced on her YouTube channel that she would audition the 11th season of American Idol. The date was not chosen at random. It was the 15th anniversary of the day she broke a window at school. Sadly, Ava did not get to meet the judges yet met eventual finalist Erika van Pelt. Ava Zinn came out as a transgendered woman in November 2003, but did not completely to all until July 29, 2011.Over the years, Ava has volunteered and/or supported numerous organizations, including the Boy Scouts and United Way of Grant County. She and her girlfriend, Kymberly Alvaraz, reside in Marion, Indiana. Ava and Kymberly have a son: Kenneth. Ava is the father of four daughters; Samantha, Ashli, Tiffani, and Tabitha–and is the stepfather of Kymberly’s daughters: Stephani, Hayley, Benita, and Denise.