Selena Gomez’s Stepfather Helps Raise $134K for Christina Grimmie’s Family
The singer’s manager has seen an outpouring of donations after senseless violence took the life of the YouTube star.
After the tragic death of rising starlet, Christina Grimmie on Friday (June 10, 2016), her manager and Selena Gomez’s stepfather Brian Teefey set up a GoFundMe page to help the singer’s family get through this gut-wrenching experience.
“Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling. I learned this business through the eyes of a father and Christina was like a second daughter to me,” Teefey wrote. The goal was $4,000; so far, they have raised $134,030. Grimmie started out as a backup singer for Gomez when she was a teenager. Gomez and her stepfather signed her and helped nurture her career, which included an appearance on The Voice.
“All I wanted to do was assist her in achieving her musical dreams while protecting her from the pitfalls associated with the business,” Teefey wrote. “I never could have imagined this horrific event being one of the pitfalls needing to be avoided.”
During a performance in Miami on Saturday, Gomez dedicated a touching performance of “Transfiguration” to Grimmie, mentioning the young singer’s devout Christianity.
“One thing about Christina and her family, is that she holds her faith so closely to her. It’s not about her religion, and it’s not about good deeds. It’s just that she had faith. And I don’t really understand how this happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her.”
Watch Gomez’s dedication here: