While signing autographs, Christina Grimmie was shot dead following her performance in Orlando. Her older brother, Mark, was present during the shooting and even tackled the gunman to the floor. After fans and celebrities have been flooding social media with heartbreaking and loving tributes to the former Voice contestant, he is know releasing his own emotional statement.
"By now I'm sure many you have heard that Christina has passed away due to gunfire after a show. I really don't have much to say about anything and am just blown away with the prayers and support. I PROMISE I will respond to everyone when I can," he wrote on Facebook.
He continued, "Christina was more than my sister. She was a partner in life. A superstar. A goofball. Introverted. And a friend to everyone. Genuinely. But above all...she was my baby sister. She loved the Lord and her family and was always there for me and I honestly don't know what ill do without her."
At the end of his emotional statement, Mark asked for people to post pictures and memories with her. He wrote, "I will cherish it forever and always. So please do that for me. Thank you all so so much. The support has been crazy and I do feel a peace. I just don't have any words. I love you all."
A friend of Christina's, Ashley Nicole, spoke to E! News about the close bond between the singer and her older brother.
"He was the perfect brother to her and he became almost like a big brother to me too," she said.
Adding, "They were only a year apart and he would always talk about how he would do anything for her. She was his world. He cared about her so much."
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Christina's brother often was featured in her YouTube videos and performed on stage with her.