GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Two Upstate musical stars are mourning the death of Christina Grimmie, a Youtube and The Voice star killed in Orlando over the weekend.
“Just to know that she is not here anymore is very heartbreaking,” said Delvin Choice, an artist and singer from Greenville and former contestant on The Voice. “She was my friend. She was the only person on the show that I would say was my competition.”
With a singing voice that captured the nation, friends say it was Christina Grimmie’s personality that stole her fans’ hearts.
“It was like hearing an angel sing,” Choice added. “She was just so good and it was just so effortless for her.”
“She had the pipes and just blew everyone away with her voice,” Noah Guthrie, a YouTube star and singer added. “She was just a rare find and an incredible talent and just a beautiful person.”
Noah Guthrie from Greer collaborated with Christina on music as both of their careers took off on YouTube. Christina grew very popular with thousands of fans on YouTube. He says she was kind and a good friend, someone who would show up to his shows for support.
“She was just one of the kindest sweetest people I’ve known, especially in the business,” he said.
The New Jersey’s star’s fame grew as she competed on the popular national TV show The Voice. She was one of the top 3 singers, along with Delvin Choice, in Adam Levine’s group of competitors. That’s where Choice says he spent a lot of time getting to know her and becoming her friend.
“It saddens my heart to know that someone as sweet as that was taken from us so soon and for no reason,” Choice said. “All the competitions that we did together, songs that we did together, that is a long time to spend with someone.”
Celebrities and fans all over the world expressed their shock and grief on twitter.
“She had amazing fans who loved her for a reason,” Guthrie explained. “She showed love to as many people as she could and was extremely strong in her faith.”
“Just to know that she is not here anymore is very heartbreaking,” said Choice.
“She is my age. 22. And someone decided it was the end,” Guthrie said. “Everyone just needs to send love to the whole family as much as possible. I can imagine the pain they are in.”
They take comfort in knowing Christina’s life and devoted work will live on online.
“I have to rest in knowing that Christina is in a better place and rest in knowing Prince ain’t the only bad singer up there in heaven,” Choice said with a smile.
Both Choice and Guthrie say Christina’s brother deserves the title of being called a hero. Police say he tackled the gunman that shot and killed Christina while she was signing autographs for fans after her Orlando concert.
The gunman then fatally shot himself. Police still haven’t determined a motive for the shooting.
Choice says he hopes more artists, no matter their fame, becomes more aware and less comfortable in their safety. He hopes stars will take advantage of security, so this kind of tragedy doesn’t happen again.