As a kid, I’ll never forget the first time I saw the photo of Mark David Chapman, the guy who killed John Lennon. It was a photo that showed him getting Lennon’s autograph on the “Double Fantasy” album.
I thought about that when I heard about this crazy story. Singer Christina Grimmie, who at one time appeared on the show “The Voice,” was signing autographs at the merchandise booth after a show in Florida on Friday night. A lot of artists do this, and it’s the easiest way to get your items signed. You buy the new CD or whatever they have there, and if you brought any other items, they’ll always sign them. Well, this disgusting story is going to make some celebs think twice about this.
Grimmie, a New Jersey native who finished 3rd during the sixth season of “The Voice” a few years ago, first got big as a teenager on YouTube. Her videos received millions of views, and that lead to her moving to Los Angeles, and touring with Selena Gomez.
The concert at The Plaza in Orlando, had the 22-year-old performing with the band “Before You Exit.”
A gunman went up to Grimmie at around 11 p.m., as she was signing autographs. After he shot her, Grimmie’s brother tackled the guy. During the struggle, he shot and killed himself. Grimmie later died at the hospital.
There were around 100 people at the show, but only a handful at the merch booth getting autographs, but surely lives were saved by the brothers quick action. The deranged fan had two guns on him, and there’s no word on how he got them into the venue. Surely this is a wake up call for security.