Journalism student Christina Guessferd ’18 interviewed singer and YouTube celebrity Christina Grimmie for Good Morning Emerson in March, three months before Grimmie was shot and killed after a show in Orlando, Florida.
On June 11, Grimmie, 22, was signing autographs for fans after a show when a man later identified as Kevin James Loibl, 27, shot her. Grimmie later died in an Orlando hospital. Loibl shot and killed himself after being tackled by Grimmie’s brother, Marcus, according to CNN.
Grimmie, a New Jersey native, got her start doing song covers on YouTube. She was a contestant on NBC’s The Voice, and opened for singer Selena Gomez, whose stepfather was Grimmie’s manager, according to Guessferd’s report.
Guessferd interviewed the singer at the Royale Nightclub on Tremont Street, where Grimmie was opening for Rachel Platten’s Wild Fire Tour. She talked to Grimmie about her YouTube days, her time on The Voice, and her career aspirations.
“I don’t want just to do this for ‘fame,’” Grimmie told Guessferd. “It’s more, I want to do this so I can have these people keep coming to my shows and keep being inspired by me.”
Guessferd’s video also was featured on the Boston Globe’s website.