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Hours after the tragic death of YouTube star Christina Grimmie, the community of singers that first helped her share her voice with the world is uniting online to honor her.
Years before she placed third on NBC's hit talent competition, The Voice, the 22-year-old rose to prominence on the Internet with highly viewed covers of popular songs like Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." and Nelly's "Just a Dream" with fellow YouTuber Sam Tsui. Her channel ultimately garnered more than three million followers and opened the doors to her touring with Selena Gomez as her opening act and performing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show before ultimately joining Adam Levine's team on The Voice.
Today, following the heartbreaking news of her passing, the same YouTube stars she connected with online are using social media to pay tribute to their beloved friend after she was fatally shot while signing autographs after a concert in Orlando.
Musician Tyler Ward, who sang with the late star on DeGeneres's show, could only express his surprise. "At a loss for words..." he wrote, also sharing a silly photo of himself with Grimmie.