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Fans, family remember Christina Grimmie one year later

'The Voice' singer gunned down after concert at Orlando venue

ORLANDO, Fla. – With Saturday marking one year since "The Voice" star Christina Grimmie's untimely shooting death, her family, fans and others who loved her have found their own ways to honor the star.

Grimmie was gunned down by Kevin Loibl, 27, during a meet-and-greet with fans after her concert at The Plaza Live on June 10, 2016. Loibl shot Grimmie as she spread her arms for a hug, killing her right in front of her brother, before he turned the gun on himself.

"I thought today was the right time to pay my respects," said Jill Hubbard, of Orlando, who stopped by Plaza Live on Saturday to place a bouquet of flowers against the door.

Hubbard had met Grimmie at a concert in Chicago the week before the shooting.

"She inspired me to play the guitar and she inspired me to be a part of music, and I told her all these great things and she was smiling ear to ear," Hubbard said.

While Grimmie's life was cut short, her music lives on. She had an album recorded before her death that was just released Friday. Hubbard was listening to it on the way here.

"I love it so much! It's amazing," Hubbard said.

The singer's family has used her Twitter account to communicate with her fans since her death. Her family announced the posthumous release of her album, "All is Vanity," in a tweet Friday afternoon. The release of the album comes after her family released a single in February, making sure the 22-year-old singer's voice would live on after her death.

Her brother, Marcus Grimmie, told radio host Elvis Duran in February that Christina had 50-60 songs that had never been heard, and that her family planned to use them not only for their personal healing, but to help others. He said her family planned to use the money made from her music for The Christina Grimmie Foundation, which they set up to provide support for families that suffer the effects of gun violence, and to create a compassionate and supportive community for breast cancer patients and their families.

Many fans tweeted positive responses to the singer's latest album. Others tweeted pictures and videos of the star and wore green Saturday in her honor, using the hashtag #GrimmieGreenDay, including Orlando police officers.

Other stars, including Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, took to Twitter to share memories of the star after she was killed at the Orlando venue.

The Plaza Live remembered Grimmie Friday with a message on the venue's marquee that read "Remember Christina." Fans stopped by Saturday to leave flowers and notes in the singer's honor.

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Grimmie's family released a statement expressing their gratitude on the singer's official Twitter account Sunday that read, in part, "We want to take this moment to say thank you to Christina's legion of fans worldwide and all the partners who contributed and are still contributing to her legacy."

 


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