In a weekend marred by tragedy, light is shone as celebrities and public figures who originate from the #GardenState show their support through social media for the Orlando victims and their loved ones.
On Friday night, Christina Grimmie, a former third place finisher on The Voice and native of Marlton, was shot dead while signing autographs after her concert at The Plaza Live in Orlando, FL. She was headlining alongside Before You Exit. Grimmie, 22, was a popular YouTube artist before auditioning for season 6 of The Voice, where she turned all four chairs and ended up on judge Adam Levine’s team.
While her killer’s motive remains unknown, Grimmie has received an outpour of condolences from friends and fellow Jersey-born celebrities. A vigil will be held for her in Marlton on Monday evening.
When you die, your body dies, but your soul lives on forever, as will hers. Rest In Peace Christina Grimmie. A beautiful talent.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) June 11, 2016
Very sad to hear of the tragic passing of NJ native Christina Grimmie. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and fans.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) June 11, 2016
— AshleyTisdaleFrench (@ashleytisdale) June 11, 2016
christina, thank you for sharing your talent with all of us and for doing your part to make the world a better place. i am so sorry.
— bea (@beamiller) June 11, 2016
Following Grimmie’s death, the country woke up Sunday to news of yet another tragedy in the same city. At Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando, a gunman opened fire, killing about 50 people and injuring around 50 others. The attack is both the deadliest mass shooting ever to take place in the United States and the deadliest attack ever against the LGBT community. The gunman was killed by the police and there are possible links to ISIS.
Reports have confirmed that a few New Jersey residents were among those murdered. Celebrities native to the Garden State also took to social media to express their condolences to all of the victims and their loved ones.
Hearts & prayers go out to families & loved ones of victims of the horrific Orlando shooting.
— Steve Forbes (@SteveForbesCEO) June 12, 2016
My❤️ Breaks for the LGBTQ community in Orlando!We are 1! You Touch one of us you Touch All of us! Freedom ain’t Free! STAND UP AMERICA!
— Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) June 12, 2016
My heart aches over these senseless acts. Pray for their families & friends. Tell your family you love them. Life is precious. Do it now. ?
— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) June 12, 2016
Woke up this morning to the extremely sad news in Orlando.. I’m speechless.. These are very Violent Times.
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) June 12, 2016
But even in the midst of the rough weekend, some exciting events were still happening all over.
Friday, June 10th
94.5 PST held its annual Summer Bash Friday in West Windsor at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds. Performers included Fifth Harmony; Charlie Puth; Melanie Martinez; R City; and Troy Sivan.
Thank you so much New Jersey & @945pst!! You were lovely ?
— Fifth Harmony (@FifthHarmony) June 11, 2016
Saturday, June 11th
Down the shore, the Wildwood Beer Fest was in full swing Saturday afternoon at Fox Park on Ocean Avenue. Both nationally recognized and local craft brews were featured along with food, beer seminars and live bands.
Sunday, June 12th
The Copa America Centenario, an international men’s football/soccer tournament, kicked off last weekend. The tournament’s format is similar to the FIFA World Cup. This year, the United States is the host nation and this weekend, the tournament found itself in #NJ at MetLife Stadium for a qualification round. Ecuador and Haiti played with Ecuador winning 4-0.
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The Paper Mill Playhouse, a regional theater that stages shows, both new and old, and serves as an established facility for aspiring actors, in Millburn received the Regional Theatre Tony Award at the 70th Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.