“There is this gigantic hole in my heart.”
Christina Grimmie‘s public memorial service in her hometown of Medford, New Jersey, brought out 1,500 friends, family and fans on Friday evening (June 17), including her parents, Bud and Tina Grimmie, who spoke publicly for the first time since their daughter was shot and killed by a gunman in Orlando one week ago.
According to People, Christina’s mother told the crowd through tears, “I don’t have too much to say. I could tell you about the memories of when she was a baby and she lah-la-lahed and when she was getting a bath I’d tell her to sing for Jesus.”
She said, “The last time I saw my daughter was on my birthday, May 25, the day before we had mother-daughter time and we’d talk and on my birthday, me, Bud [Christina’s father], Christina and Marc, we went to The Cheesecake Factory and I always told her I loved her and to put God first.”
Bud Grimmie held his wife and added, “This crowd has blessed me beyond words. There is this gigantic hole in my heart that I know is never going to go away but God showed me he is way bigger than that hole. I believe that. There are three things that keep me upright rather than being a crumpled mess in the corner. I know I am going to see her again.”
Christina’s brother, Marcus, also told the crowd that the rumors Christina had her arms open when the deranged fan approached her and killed her, were true. “…when the gunman came, he was very quick, it happened so fast, her arms were open and she saw Jesus next,” recalled Marcus of that night.
It was Marcus who stopped the gunman , identified as 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl, from killing anyone else when he tackled Loibl to the ground after he shot Christina to death. The shooter killed himself moments later.
Loibl was reportedly infatuated with the rising pop star and altered his appearance in hopes of winning her affections.