Christina Grimmie's family received more than $100,000 from Selena Gomez's stepfather, who helped raise the money using a GoFundMe page following the tragic death of the star. Brian Teefey who was Christina's manager, considered the star like "a second daughter." Though he had hoped to raise $4,000, some 4,178 donors helped him surpass that goal, bringing in $108,842 in just 24 hours.
Writing on the GoFundMe page under the headline 'Support the Grimmie Family', Brian wrote: "Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling. I learned this business through the eyes of a father and Christina was like a second daughter to me.
"All I wanted to do was assist her in achieving her musical dreams while protecting her from the pitfalls associated with the business. I never could have imagined this horrific event being one of the pitfalls needing to be avoided.
"In Christina's honour I have created a GoFundMe page to assist her family in their time of need. As family mother, father and brother made the ultimate family sacrifice to support Christina on her musical journey. They did nothing but love her and support her as a family the best they knew how, the only worry I want them to have at this point is that of recovery. Grimms I love you, and miss you beyond comprehension."
Christina, 22, was shot late on Friday night as she signed autographs during a meet and greet following a concert in Orlando, and passed away the next day. Selena herself has paid tribute to the singer a number of times since her death. Shortly after the news was confirmed, she shared a photo of the pair together, with the message: "My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina."
The 23-year-old also broke down in tears at her concert on Saturday night as she paid tribute to her late friend. Selena become emotional while performing her song Nobody, and mouthed the words "I'm sorry" to the crowd. She then regained her composure to talk about Christina, who came third in the 2014 season of The Voice.
My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina pic.twitter.com/KWGwZZlj4t
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) June 11, 2016
"When she was 14, we met her and my parents and I signed her," Selena said, her voice quivering as she spoke. "One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her. And I think it's not about a religion and it's not about anything or good deeds. It's just that she had faith, and I don't really understand how this really happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her."
Seated at a piano, Selena then delivered a moving version of Hillsong Worship's song Transfiguration in Christina's memory.