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Christina Grimmie laid to rest in 'intimate gathering' for close family and friends

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The former The Voice US contestant Christina Grimmie has been laid to rest in a private funeral. Friends and family gathered to pay their respects to the singer, who was tragically killed after being shot at a meet-and-greet in Florida last Friday.

The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon, and was paid for by Christina's former The Voice coach, Adam Levine. A source told People magazine: "It's just going to be a small, intimate gathering for her family and close friends." A public memorial service for the star took place on Friday, which was attended by Christina's mother Tina and brother, Marcus.  

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A memorial was held for the star on Friday

Speaking at the service, Tina said: "To anybody who says that I'm strong, I want you to know that I'm the weakest person here and I declare my dependence on Jesus Christ because I don't have anything else. It's just so much."

She then thanked her son Marcus, who tackled the gunman to the ground, saying: "Marcus, I want to say this publicly and from everyone. I want everyone to know he has been so good to his moma. He has loved me and he has stood by my side."

Marcus also spoke about her sister at a vigil in New Jersey for the singer earlier this week. He said: "She loved this town, she loved this state, she loved singing, she loved the Lord and she loved me and she was my baby sister."

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The star's mother Tina spoke at the memorial

Celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute to the 22-year-old star, with her friend Selena Gomez, The Voice judge Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato paying their respects. Selena, who's stepfather was also Christina's manager, wrote: "My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina."

A GoFundPage was also set up to raise money for Christina's family, and has now reached over $100thousand. Speaking of the fan's generosity, her brother Marcus wrote: "Now a friend just told me to look at the gofundme page and I see it is at 100k.

"Words cannot express...literally I have no words. Please do not feel the need to donate anything at all. Please. Just leave a kind word, message or picture in the comments."