The memorial service for Christian singer and popular former contestant on NBC's "The Voice" Christina Grimmie, 22, who was fatally shot in Orlando, Florida, last weekend is set for Friday at her home church in New Jersey.
An obituary announcement posted by Costantino Funeral Home in Pike Berlin, New Jersey, lists the Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Bedford, New Jersey, where Grimmie once served as lead female singer for the service.
"Next to music her favorite hobby was playing video games with her brother and friends, especially Legend of Zelda. Christina was truly a light in this world. She loved Jesus and loved people and truly wanted to make an impact on this world with her gift. Anyone who met her was blessed by knowing her. Heaven has certainly gained an angel for their choir. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing Friday 3:00PM-8:00PM Fellowship Alliance Chapel 199 Church Rd. Medford, NJ 08055. Memorial service promptly starting at 8:00PM," said the announcement. more >>
Four House Democrats held a "prayer shaming" protest similar to a protest after the San Bernardino shooting by walking out of a moment of silence for the victims of Sunday's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.
When Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for a moment of silence in the House chamber on Monday to honor the 49 killed and 53 wounded in Sunday's massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., led a walkout in protest of the House leadership's unwillingness to advance gun control legislation that would ban anyone on the Terrorist Screening Center's no-fly list from purchasing a gun.
As the Connecticut delegation has heavily advocated for gun control since the the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown in 2012, fellow Connecticut Democrats John Larson and Joe Courtney, along with Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., also joined Himes in walking out on the moment of silence, Roll Call reports. more >>
Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has blamed President Barack Obama's administration and political correctness for the FBI releasing Orlando shooter Omar Mateen despite 10 months of investigation back in 2013.
Huckabee said Mateen, who on Sunday killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group, had told co-workers in 2013 that his family had connections to other terror groups, such as al-Qaeda, and had even expressed wishes to die as a martyr.
"So why in the world did they drop the investigation and walk away after 10 months? They bought his claim that he was teasing his co-workers because he thought they were trying to marginalize him for his Muslim faith," Huckabee wrote on his website on Tuesday. more >>
A new report circulating online says murdered singer and popular contestant on NBC's "The Voice," Christina Grimmie, might have been killed because of her Christian faith.
According to the Santa Monica Observer, Orlando Police are investigating Grimmie's death as a hate crime after examining cell phone and computer records of her killer, Kevin James Loibl, 27. Loibl shot Grimmie on Friday night as she signed autographs after a concert in Orlando, Florida.
The Observer did not specify the exact source of the information from the Orlando Police Department. more >>
Marcus Grimmie, brother of budding singer and popular contestant on NBC's "The Voice" Christina Grimmie, revealed at a vigil for his sister who "loved the Lord" that she had her arms wide open to the man who took her life.
Christina, 22, died on Saturday after she was shot in an attack by Kevin James Loibl, 27, as she signed autographs after a concert in Orlando, Florida. Loibl fired at the singer before her brother was able to tackle him to the ground. The shooter killed himself during a struggle with Marcus. Christina was pronounced dead at a hospital.
At a vigil held in the singer's honor in her hometown of Evesham, New Jersey, on Monday, Marcus revealed to about 500 supporters that his sister offered her killer kindness and he rewarded her with death. more >>
Olando shooter Omar Mateen who frequented the Pulse nightclub for three years before killing 49 people on Sunday had homosexual tendencies, according to his ex-wife and a former police academy recruit.
Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for four months, said he had a violent temper, but could not confirm whether his pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group was the main driving force behind his actions on Sunday.