Fans will get a chance to honor slain singer Christina Grimmie Monday night at a vigil in her hometown of Evesham Township, New Jersey. Mayor Randy Brown announced on Twitter that a candlelight service will be held for the singer at the town’s Memorial Complex in Marlton. According to the Mayor, the vigil will begin at 8:45 p.m. EDT.
On Saturday, Mayor Brown tweeted about Grimmie’s death, writing that he was “shocked and saddened” by what happened. “She was one of Evesham’s shining stars,” he posted. “Condolences to the Grimmie family.”
According to Billboard, Grimmie lived in the southern New Jersey town up until 2012 when she left to relocate to Los Angeles.
As previously reported, Grimmie, who competed on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2014, was shot Friday night at the Plaza Live Theater in Orlando where she had opened for the band Before You Exit. Grimmie, 22, was signing autographs and taking photos with fans when a man, identified as 27-year-old St. Petersburg, Florida, resident Kevin James Loibl, walked up to her and shot her. Grimmie died of her injuries Saturday morning at a local hospital. According to authorities, Loibl shot and killed himself at the concert venue after Grimmie’s older brother, Marcus Grimmie, tackled him.
Orlando police said there was no indication that Loibl personally knew Grimmie. They believe he traveled to the venue specifically to kill her, but are not sure of his motive. During a news conference over the weekend, authorities said they were still searching Loibl’s cell phone and computer to see if they could find a reason why he targeted the singer.
One day after the shooting, Grimmie’s brother took to Facebook to open up about his sister’s death. “By now I’m sure many [of] you have heard that Christina has passed away due to gunfire after a show. I really don’t have much to say about anything and am just blown away with the prayers and support,” he wrote. “Christina was more than my sister. She was a partner in life. A superstar. A goofball. Introverted. And a friend to everyone. Genuinely. But above all… she was my baby sister. She loved the Lord and her family and was always there for me, and I honestly don’t what I'll do without her.”