The entire country was devastated on Oct. 1 when a man opened fire on the Route 91 country music festival in Las Vegas. But 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. And they’re speaking out in the wake of yet another tragedy. Watch the video below for their touching statement:
Christina’s family started the Christina Grimmie Foundation after The Voice fan favorite 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 this recent attack.
Hundreds of people were impacted when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock allegedly filled his Mandalay Bay hotel room with 23 firearms and began raining bullets on the crowd below. He killed 59 innocent people, and left more than 500 injured in what is now the largest mass shooting in modern America.
The former deadliest attack by a lone gunman was at Pulse nightclub in Christina’s hometown of Orlando on June 12, 2016, just two days after she was killed. 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.”
If you are looking for a missing loved one, authorities have urged people to call 1-866-535-5654. There is also a crisis response page on Facebook.