Re­mem­ber­ing Christina Grim­mie

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Weeks af­ter the singer’s tragic death

on June 11, her legacy lives on.

When J-14 first in­ter­viewed Christina in April 2011, we knew she was a force to be reck­oned with. At the time, Se­lena Gomez’s step­dad had just be­gun to man­age the N.J. na­tive af­ter see­ing her videos on YouTube, and she was open­ing for Se­lena’s tour. “I’m so ex­cited,” she said. “If you love what you do and you have peo­ple telling you you’ll never make it, you have to push through!”

Fast for­ward to a few years later and Christina con­tin­ued to prove her doubters wrong. In 2014, she took part in sea­son six of The Voice, where she fin­ished third and was signed to her coach Adam Levine’s la­bel.

On June 11, 2016, af­ter do­ing a con­cert with Be­fore You Exit in Or­lando, FL, the 22-year-old was trag­i­cally gunned down at her meet-and-greet event. As her lov­ing fam­ily, friends and fans slowly pick up the pieces, we know that the mu­sic world will have a gi­ant empty hole that Christina once filled. We will miss you, Christina.

“You have to know who you are and em­brace it!” Christina told J-14 read­ers in our first in­ter­view. Af­ter grow­ing close on in 2014, Adam Levine said he was “ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated” by Christina’s death. “Ev­ery year on her birth­day (March 12), I plan on do­ing five ran­dom acts of kind­ness in her mem­ory, like pay­ing

for some­one’s drink at Star­bucks.” — Jes­sica, 14, NY

“When­ever I have a bad day, I’m go­ing to lis­ten to her songs in my room and re­mem­ber to smile. She taught me

to stay pos­i­tive, no mat­ter what.” — Stephanie, 15, KS

“I don’t re­ally un­der­stand how this re­ally hap­pened,” Se­lena Gomez said of Christina’s pass­ing. The two had been good friends since 2010.

The Voice

“I’ll be hon­or­ing Christina by per­form­ing in my school’s tal­ent show this Septem­ber. I’ve been too ner­vous to sing in pub­lic be­fore, but she’ll

give me in­ner strength.” — Liv, 12, TX

“I’m go­ing to make my friends bracelets with Christina’s ini­tials on them. When we wear them, we’ll re­mem­ber

what she meant to us.” — Han­nah, 13, NC

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