A life taken too soon.
Though hundreds of mourners gathered Monday night in Jersey for a candlelight vigil, Christian singer Christina Grimmie will be laid to rest later this week in a private New Jersey funeral, kept low key and friends and family only and paid for by Adam Levine.
“It’s just going to be a small, intimate gathering for her family and close friends,” a source tells People.
“She loved this town, she loved this state, she loved singing, she loved the Lord and she loved me and she was my baby sister,” said her brother Marcus. “Adam Levine paid for Christina’s funeral. Selena [Gomez] is singing a song and crying [during her concert]. These people didn’t have that and we are blessed to. She’s in a better place.”
Marcus also thanked Grimmie’s fans for their support over the last few days. “Thank you to everyone once again,” he said. “I wish I could elaborate more. You guys didn’t know her like I did, so thank you. This is awesome,” he said in conclusion.
A GoFundMe page was created by Grimmie’s manager (and Selena Gomez‘s stepfather) Brian Teefey to support her family has raised nearly $160,000 and a change.org petition urging Nintendo to memorialize Grimmie in the next Legend of Zelda game (a longtime favorite of hers) has received more than 30,000 signatures. Not a bad way to be memorialized, but what a sad predicament for her family.
Keep the Grimmies in your thoughts!