LOS ANGELES — Christina Grimmie posthumously won a Teen Choice Award Sunday night, but during a tribute to victims of gun violence, the young singer, who was gunned down less than two months ago, noticeably wasn’t mentioned.
Grimmie was shot and killed in June after gunman Kevin Loibl approached her and opened fire as she signed autographs after a concert in Orlando. She was 22.
She was awarded for Choice Web Star: Music at the show, yet her tragic death wasn’t part of a tribute to victims of gun violence, led by actress Jessica Alba.
Alba called victims of gun violence from Newtown, San Bernardino and the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting to the stage, but Grimmie, a popular online musician among teens, was not mentioned.
“Here with me tonight are a group of brave teenagers who share an unlikely bond that’s hard to comprehend,” Alba said. “They are the brothers, sisters, daughters and family members of recent victims of gun violence. I’m talking about Aurora, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown.”
Fans quickly took to social media in an uproar over Grimmie being omitted from the tribute:
Heather Weiss, who was Grimmie’s publicist, tweeted in Grimmie’s honor.
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