Last year, singer and YouTube personality Christina Grimmie was shot and killed by a maniacal fan before her concert in Orlando, Florida. Her horrendous death was devastating to both her family and fans. She was only 22 years old at the time.
Today, Christina’s family is speaking out to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. The attack happened on Sunday, when a lone gunman, Stephen Paddock, took aim at concert goers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival killing 59 people and injuring over 520. The attack has been called the most deadly shooting in modern American history.
Christina’s family wrote a message of support through their Christina Grimmie Foundation Twitter page.
“We are beyond devastated to hear of last night’s tragedy in Las Vegas. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and the family and friends of those who were taken last night. We truly understand what these families are experiencing and hope to help in some way.”
— Christina Grimmie (@TheRealGrimmie) October 3, 2017
The 64-year-old gunman from Mesquite, N.V. released a rapid fire barrage of bullets during Jason Aldean’s performance before being identified as the crazed shooter located up on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Authorities discovered that Stephen fired at the crowd of approximately 22,000 from his suite at the Mandalay Bay due to an ex-military vet who kept calling reception, reporting shots fired from up above him as well as the smoke alarm going off on the 32nd floored room. The police had to wait for the SWAT team to arrive before they used stun explosives to enter the room, only to find that Stephen Paddock had shot himself in the head.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph Lombardo confirmed that the gunman killed himself before officers had entered the room.
Since the incident, many celebrities have spoken out in support and prayers to the victims and their families.
Country singer Maren Morris released a new song titled “Dear Hate”, and announced she will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Music City Cares Fund. Florida Georgia Line announced over Instagram their $10,000 donation to Las Vegas victims fund.
It is truly horrific and devastating to hear of yet another thoughtless attack on innocent people, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who sadly lost their lives and all the families affected by this nightmare weekend in Las Vegas.
<Story by Emily Clark>
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