The entire country was devastated on Oct. 1 when a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas. However, the Grimmie family has a very personal connection to the act of terror after losing their 22-year-old daughter Christina Grimmie to gun violence in 2016. Now, they are speaking out. Watch the video below for their touching statement.
Christina's family started the Christina Grimmie Foundation after the fan favorite on The Voice and YouTuber was murdered by a deranged fan at a meet and greet. The goal of the charity is to "provide financial, emotional and encouragement support to individuals and families who suffer from the devastating effects of gun violence." So of course they sprang into action after the tragedy on Oct. 1.
Hundred of people in Las Vegas were impacted when a 64-year-old man named Stephen Paddock filled his Mandalay Bay hotel room with 10 firearms and began raining bullets on the crowd on the strip below. He killed 59 innocent people, and left more than 500 more with terrible injuries, in what is now the largest mass shooting in modern America.
The former deadliest attack by a lone gunman was the Pulse nightclub in Christina's hometown of Orlando, just two days after she was murdered. A victim from Pulse named Brandon J. Wolf also sent his love to the Sin City victims on Oct. 2. "To the people impacted in Las Vegas: we love you. I love you," he wrote for CNN. "If I have learned any lesson from the dark road to recovery from mass violence, it is that we all need love more than we would like to admit. Stand together. Link arms. Embrace. And know that while you begin the work of healing a deep wound, Orlando is standing with you." The only good thing to come from the horrible attack on Las Vegas is the inspiring outpouring of love from people like Brandon and the Grimmie family, and we hope to see more of that in the days to come.
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