Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old singer and former Voice contestant who was gunned down on Friday night after a concert in Orlando, Florida, is being honored with a special Animal Medical Fund in her name. According to a Thursday press release from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Grimmie was an animal advocate who helped the organization secure a $250,000 award through the Charity Champions program.
The HSUS has decided to honor Grimmie for her support by creating the Christina Grimmie Animal Medical Fund which will help animals who are rescued by the agency’s Animal Rescue Team. The HSUS stated:
It’s one thing to take the animals out of a tough situation, but it’s another matter to help them, physically and psychologically, and that’s what this fund will enable at an even higher level.
The HSUS added:
Christina was deeply concerned about these animals, and wanted to help bring food, water, medical treatment, and tenderness to them. This fund will be a permanent one at The HSUS, and it will start with the $250,000 that comes from the Charity Champions competition. In this way, Christina’s legacy for helping animals will live on, and she’ll always be a part of the HSUS family.
According to the New York Daily News, the man accused of shooting Grimmie, 27-year-old Kevin Loibl, was described as an obsessed fan. Loibl fatally shot himself after killing Grimmie.