Slain 'Voice' singer's memorial service held in New Jersey

MEDFORD, N.J. (AP/WTXF) -- A memorial service for "The Voice" singer Christina Grimmie was held in New Jersey Friday.

The blossoming music star was remembered as a shy girl growing up but had a love for her family, friends, and God that assures them she's in a better place today.

The 22-year-old singer was shot to death last week as she signed autographs after a show in Orlando, Florida. Her assailant fatally shot himself after being tackled by her brother.

Her brother spoke about that moment.

"He was very quick, it happened fast. But her arms were open, she said she saw Jesus," said Marcus Grimmie.

Among those offering their condolences to Grimmie's family were Alissa and Joseph Canto. The husband and wife from outside Rochester, New York, drove 7 hours to attend the services at Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford.

The couple, both 24, says they've been fans since Grimmie launched her YouTube channel when she was in high school.

Grimmie lived in nearby Evesham Township, about 20 miles from Philadelphia, before moving to Los Angeles in 2012.

 

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