Christina Grimmie's brother delivers emotional speech for Orlando shooting victims at candlelight vigil

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Eyewitness Recalls Christina Grimmie's Tragic Death


Christina Grimmie's brother, Marcus, was overcome with emotion as hundreds of mourners gathered at a candlelight vigil honoring her memory in Evesham, New Jersey Monday night (June 13).

"Christina was awesome...;She loved this town, she loved this state, she loved singing, she loved the Lord and she loved me and she was just my baby sister," he said.

Several speakers -- including Mayor Robert Brown, close friends, and pastors -- shared remembrances of The Voice contestant's love of her family, friends and faith at the half-hour vigil, which took place at the Marlton Memorial Sports Complex. Many wore "Team Grimmie" shirts designed just for the event, and there was so many people in attendance there weren't enough candles.

'Voice' Singer & YouTuber Christina Grimmie's Murder Prompts Tighter VidCon Security

As he spoke of his sister, Marcus took a moment to offer condolences to the victims of the massacre at Pulse nightclub, which took the lives of 49 and wounded another 53.

"About four miles away from where we were staying, there was a huge tragedy to Orlando, to the U.S. to the LGBT community and to the whole world," he said. "I mean, 50 people dead, who knows who is injured. And I come home to this...; I have no words. All of those people that died and are suffering. My heart goes out."

PHOTOS: Christina Grimmie's Hometown Vigil

20 PHOTOS
Christina Grimmie's Hometown Vigil
See Gallery
Christina Grimmie's brother delivers emotional speech for Orlando shooting victims at candlelight vigil
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: The brother of Christina Grimmie, Mark Grimmie, greets friends during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. Mark tackled the assailant Kevin James Loibl after he shot Christina at a post show autograph signing session. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: Friends of Christina Grimmie, Lauren Longo and Sarah Luebkemann, speak to the crowd during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: Friends mourn the loss of Christina Grimmie during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: (L-R) The Mayor of Evesham Township, NJ Randy Brown greets the brother of Christina Grimmie, Mark Grimmie, at the podium during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. Mark tackled the assailant Kevin James Loibl after he shot Christina at a post show autograph signing session. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: Friends of Christina Grimmie, Lauren Longo and Sarah Luebkemann, speak to the crowd during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: Friend Pete Marotta speaks during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: Friends of Christina Grimmie, Lauren Longo and Sarah Luebkemann, speak to the crowd during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: The Mayor of Evesham Township, NJ, Randy Brown addresses crowd during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. Also pictured (center) is Christina's brother Mark Grimmie. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: Pastor Dave Cortner speaks during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: The brother of Christina Grimmie, Mark Grimmie, speaks during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. Mark tackled the assailant Kevin James Loibl after he shot Christina at a post show autograph signing session. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: Friend Pete Marotta speaks to the crowd during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: Pastor John Wegner talks to the crowd during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: A general view of atmosphere during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: Friends mourn the loss of Christina Grimmie during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: A general view of atmosphere during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
EVESHAM, NJ - JUNE 13: The brother of Christina Grimmie, Mark Grimmie, speaks during the Vigil For Christina Grimmie at Evesham Memorial Complex on June 13, 2016 in Evesham, New Jersey. Mark tackled the assailant Kevin James Loibl after he shot Christina at a post show autograph signing session. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
Marcus Grimmie, reaches toward the sky as he talks about his sister Christina Grimmie the 22-year-old singer who was fatally shot Friday night after a concert in Florida, Monday, June 13, 2016, in Evesham Township, N.J. Marcus was with his sister when she was killed and tackled the shooter who was identified as Kevin James Loibl. Grimmie was a YouTube star who finished third during season six of NBC's "The Voice." (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A small shrine is seen at Cherokee High School, to honor former student Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old singer who was fatally shot Friday night after a concert in Florida, Monday, June 13, 2016, in Evesham Township, N.J. Grimmie finished third during season six of NBC's "The Voice." Authorities said Kevin James Loibl was identified as the gunman who shot and killed Grimmie. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
People stand near a large photograph as they hold candles during a vigil to honor Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old singer who was fatally shot Friday night after a concert in Florida, Monday, June 13, 2016, in Evesham Township, N.J. Grimmie finished third during season six of NBC's "The Voice." Authorities said Kevin James Loibl was identified as the gunman who shot and killed Grimmie. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

He continued to express gratitude to Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, who coached Grimmie while she competed on the third season of The Voice, for offering to pay for his sister's funeral, and to the band Twenty One Pilots and singer Selena Gomez for paying tribute to her in concert.

He said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the hometown and entertainment community, while the victims of the mass shooting do not have similar support systems.

"These people didn't have that and we are blessed to," he said. "She's in a better place. Thank you to everyone once again. I wish I could elaborate more, you guys didn't know her like I did, so thank you. This is awesome."

In addition to Marcus' speech, best friends Pete Innaurato, Lauren Longo and Sarah Luebkemann shared memories of Grimmie, who put her "family, friends, and the Lord" ahead of everything else. They spoke of how much Grimmie loved entertaining senior citizens, and gathered a group to go Christmas caroling to spread cheer. One woman loved her voice so much, she asked Grimmie to sing Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" -- and practically invited the teens to stay all night at her house.

'This Is the New Reality': Artists & Concert Execs Weigh In on Security Challenges After Orlando

Most poignant was a story told by Longo and Luebkemann as they spoke of visiting their friend during "Hometown Week" on The Voice. Grimmie performed "Some Nights" by the band, fun., but had originally planned to do "This is Home" by Switchfoot.

The song, which Luebkemann said was a special one that had a lot of meaning for the trio, is especially meaningful now, she said, as she read the lyrics: "This is home/ now I'm finally where I belong/ where I belong/yeah, this is home/ I've been searching for a place of my own/ now I've found it/maybe this is home."

After the speeches, mourners bowed their head as a bagpiper solemnly performed "Amazing Grace." The lights were switched off on the field and the crowd bowed their heads in silence as the candles illuminated the night in tribute.

Afterwards, mourners embraced in tears, leaving notes and flowers at the foot of two enlarged photos of the 22-year-old on the field.

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Hyland of Audubon and 13-year old Brianna Hunt of Hound Heights, NJ shared memories of Christina.

"She would definitely lighten up the mood, any day," said Hyland, who met the singer when she was just a six-year-old first grader. "She was such a positive person."

"If you were every upset she would be the one to come up, give you a hug," said Hunt.

"We rode the bus with her to school, to and from," said Hyland, who said Grimmie would make the trip fun. "She would do our makeup, fun stuff. She would always give us lip gloss, blush, something small."

Adam Levine Offers to Pay for Christina Grimmie's Funeral Expenses

Heather Oriold of Marlton didn't know the singer personally, but became a fan after discovering her videos on YouTube.

PHOTOS: Christina Grimmie through the years

55 PHOTOS
Christina Grimmie through the years
See Gallery
Christina Grimmie's brother delivers emotional speech for Orlando shooting victims at candlelight vigil
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 07: Singer Christina Grimmie attends The Humane Society of the United States' to the Rescue Gala at Paramount Studios on May 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Christina Grimmie performs at Irving Plaza on March 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/WireImage)
Macy's iHeartRadio Rising Star Christina Grimmie performs during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 18, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 07: Singer Christina Grimmie attends The Humane Society of The United States' To The Rescue gala at Paramount Studios on May 07, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Christina Grimmie attends the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards on April 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Recording artist Christina Grimmie attends the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on April 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Christina Grimmie performs at Irving Plaza on March 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/WireImage)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY - Singer Christina Grimmie performs during The Humane Society of the United States To the Rescue! benefit gala, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in New York. To the Rescue! is a benefit in celebration of the life-saving work of its animal rescue efforts across the nation and around the world. In its sixth year, the event honored Anjelica Huston, Heineken and Jennifer and Alan Fournier and family. (Amy Sussman/AP Images for Humane Society of The United States)
Macy's IHeartRadio Rising Star, Christina Grimmie performs at Day 1 of the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, September, 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Christina Grimmie performs at Irving Plaza on March 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/WireImage)
Christina Grimmie attends the BCBGeneration Summer Solstice Party at Gracias Madre on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
The Voice Season 6 contestant Christina Grimmie with her coach on the Voice and Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine at the iHeartRadio Theater on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
The Voice Season 6 contestant Christina Grimmie performing as part of The Voice Tour at Cobb Energy Centre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)
Christina Grimmie performing at Philips Arena on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)
Christina Grimmie performing at Philips Arena on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 07: Singer Christina Grimmie attends The Humane Society of The United States' To The Rescue gala at Paramount Studios on May 07, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Singer Christina Grimmie attends the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on April 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 20: Singer Christina Grimmie attends Tubeathon 2016 at iHeartRadio Theater on April 20, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - APRIL 20: Recording artist Christina Grimmie arrives at Tubeathon 2016 at the iHeartRadio Theater on April 20, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Christina Grimmie performs at Irving Plaza on March 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Christina Grimmie attends Alt 98.7, 102.7 KIIS FM, and REAL 92.3's 2016 GRAMMY Awards celebration at The Mixing Room at the JW Marriot Los Angeles on February 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Singer Christina Grimmie performs in concert at Irving Plaza on March 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Recording artist Christina Grimmie attends the 2nd annual Save a Child's Heart Gala held at Sony Pictures Studios on November 15, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Christina Grimmie poses for a picture during the 2015 To The Rescue! New York Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Singers Victoria Justice (L) and Christina Grimmie attend the 'Love Song To The Earth' Press Conference at the National Press Club on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Singer Christina Grimmie attends The Daytime Village during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the Las Vegas Village on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18: Singer Christina Grimmie performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18: Singer Christina Grimmie performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 18: Singer Christina Grimmie performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 23: Christina Grimmie attends BCBGeneration party like a GenGirl Summer Solstice party at Gracias Madre on June 23, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - MAY 08: Christina Grimmie attends the 3rd annual Nautica Oceana beach house party at Marion Davies Guest House on May 8, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
WHITEHALL, PA - MAY 16: Singer Christina Grimmie attends at Macy's iHeartRadio rising star in-store performance on May 16, 2015 in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for iHeart Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Singer Christina Grimmie attends Radio Disney's Family VIP Birthday event celebrating 18 years of Radio Disney at Club Nokia on November 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Christina Grimmie performs on stage at O2 Academy Birmingham on February 21, 2015 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Redferns via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Christina Grimmie performs at Christina Grimmie And Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Come Together To Fight Breast Cancer Through PINKTOBER at Hard Rock Cafe on October 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Christina Grimmie attends her Album Release Party For 'Escape' at YouTube Space LA on October 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 621A -- Pictured: Christina Grimmie -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Finale' Episode 621B -- Pictured: (l-r) Christina Grimmie, Ed Sheeran -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 620B -- Pictured: (l-r) Josh Kaufman, Christina Grimmie, Jake Worthington -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 621A -- Pictured: (l-r) Jake Worthington, Josh Kaufman, Christina Grimmie -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 621A -- Pictured: Christina Grimmie -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- Episode 619A -- Pictured: Christina Grimmie -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Show' Episode 620A -- Pictured: Christina Grimmie -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- Pictured: Christina Grimmie arrives at the top 12 artists of NBC's Emmy award winning hit 'The Voice' at City Walk in Universal City, CA. -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 15: (L-R) Christina Grimmie, Delvin Choice and Kat Perkins arrive at NBC's 'The Voice' Season 6 Top 12 Red Carpet Event at Universal CityWalk on April 15, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Team Adam Battle Reality' Episode 610 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christina Grimmie, Joshua Howard -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Battle Rounds' Episode 610 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joshua Howard, Christina Grimmie -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 12: Christina Grimmie performs live at Key Arena on November 12, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic)
SUNRISE, FL - OCTOBER 29: Christina Grimmie performs at BB&T Center on October 29, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 07: ActressChristina Grimmie attends The Alliance For Children's Rights' 21st Annual Dinner at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Songwriter Christina Grimmie arrives at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2011/Getty Images for AMA)
DISNEY CHANNEL - Disney Channel star Selena Gomez plays XBOX Kinect games, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures and Kinect Sports 2 with her band The Scene and singer Christina Grimmie. (Photo by Eric McCandless/Disney Channel via Getty Images) CHRISTINA GRIMMIE, SELENA GOMEZ
DISNEY CHANNEL - Disney Channel star Selena Gomez plays XBOX Kinect games, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures and Kinect Sports 2 with her band The Scene and singer Christina Grimmie. (Photo by Eric McCandless/Disney Channel via Getty Images) CHRISTINA GRIMMIE
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 13: Christina Grimmie performs at the Rosemont Theatre on August 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

"She came back to Cherokee right before The Voice and I got to talk to her a lot and she was just so sweet," she said. "She made it a point to talk to everyone there for as long as they wanted. Overall genuine person. I am here for the support."

Taylor Coigne of Marlton met Grimmie in 7th grade, and the two shared a bond as musicians, "encouraging each other with our music."

"Tonight was absolutely heartbreaking," Coigne said of the vigil.

Shooting At Orlando Nightclub Leaves 50 Dead in Largest Mass Shooting in U.S. History | Patrons on Orlando's Pulse Before the Tragedy: 'We Could Be Our Authentic Selves' | President Obama Calls Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting Act of Terror and Hate | Orlando Gay Nightclub Shooting Casts a Shadow on Tony Awards | Orlando Shooting: Trump Sees Backlash Over 'Congrats' Tweet; Clinton Calls Attack an 'Act of Terror' | Orlando Nightclub Mass Shooting: Hollywood Reacts | 'This Is the New Reality': Artists & Concert Execs Weigh In on Security Challenges After Orlando | Skrillex, Chainsmokers & More Dance Music Stars React to Orlando Nightclub Massacre | Orlando Pride Radio Host Talks Pulse's Place in LGBT Community, Why It's Hard Not to Be Scared | James Corden Gives Touching Orlando Speech at 2016 Tony Awards: 'Hate Will Never Win'

Read Full Story

People are Reading