Just days after Christina Grimmie, known for appearing on “The Voice” Season 6, was gunned down during an Orlando, Florida, meet and greet, funeral arrangements have been announced.
According to People magazine, the singer, who died at 22, will be laid to rest in her home state of New Jersey. The ceremony, scheduled for this week, will be “small,” made up of only family and those close to her. Fans have been given the opportunity to mourn in large vigils held around the country. While People’s source did not mention Adam Levine, it is believed that the Maroon 5 frontman will be paying the expenses associated with Grimmie’s funeral.
“It’s just going to be a small, intimate gathering for her family and close friends,” the source said.
Levine, who coached Grimmie on “The Voice,” announced plans to fund her funeral Sunday. According to a post on her brother Marcus Grimmie’s Facebook page, Levine called Grimmie’s parents to share the news. Marcus revealed to followers that Levine had offered to pay for both the funeral and Grimmie’s mother’s flight to New Jersey.
“Words cannot express ... literally I have no words,” Marcus wrote.
As Entertainment Weekly noted, Levine is not the only one who has rushed to aid the Grimmie family financially following the singer’s senseless death. A GoFundMe page set up shortly after the incident has raised more than $125,000 — the initial goal of the page was to raise $4,000. Her brother, who was present at the time of the shooting that took Grimmie’s life, expressed his sincere gratitude toward fans who had donated, saying that he was “blown away.”
Grimmie died Saturday following a performance at the Plaza Live Theater in Orlando. She was meeting with fans to sign autographs and take photos when she was killed. A man by the name of Kevin James Loibl approached her and opened fire, and was almost immediately tackled by Marcus. During the scuffle, Loibl is said to have shot and killed himself. Police are working to uncover any links Grimmie may have had to her killer, though it is currently believed there are none.