The voice of an angel. Christina Grimmie performed for fans at the Plaza Live in Orlando just hours before her death, showcasing a burgeoning talent cut short by a senseless shooting.
In a video clip posted to Instagram that garnered nearly 67,000 views in just a few short hours, the former Voice contestant can be seen energetically crooning her song “Without Him” into the mic.
“I’m just imagining life without my baby,” she sings. “And I know, I know, this life ain’t meant to be lived without him.”
The 22-year-old singer, who first rose to fame as a YouTube star performing covers of pop songs like Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Nelly’s “Just a Dream,” wore a black cutoff top and black skirt for her performance opening for band Before You Exit.
As previously reported, Grimmie was signing autographs and greeting fans after the show when an unnamed gunman shot her several times. Grimmie’s brother Mark tackled the man, who then shot himself.
The singer died several hours after she was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
“We don’t know if he was just a crazy fan that followed her on Twitter or on social media,” a spokesperson for the Orlando police told CNN. “We really don’t know.… It’s undetermined at this point.”
Grimmie placed third on season 6 of The Voice in 2014, and worked with coach Adam Levine for her run on the competition.
“I’m sad, shocked and confused,” Levine captioned a photo of the two of them shortly after Grimmie was hospitalized. “We love you so much Grimmie. We are all praying hard that you can pull through this … this just isn’t fair.”
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