Dear Grimmie family,
I know and have read about what happened to Christina Grimmie, and can only imagine how you must feel right now. If it helps, I will offer my condolences, but that is not the reason why I am writing this letter. I am writing this letter because I want to tell you, and feel like you should know, that even after over a month, I still have not been able to accept, much less forget, Christina's murder. It has affected me in a way that, honestly, I never expected it to. I find this especially unusual because, before her death, I had never even heard of her. It's strange because, over the years, I would constantly read or hear about innocent people, too often younger than Christina, that I never knew nor had a connection with in life that were killed or harmed with guns. While I would think about how terrible those incidents were, most of the time I would forget, or at least stop thinking about it, by the next day. That has not been the case with Christina.
While her death has hurt me deeply, at the same time, however, it has been a wake up call for me. Over the years, I never really considered gun violence to be much of an issue in the United States. I would read about gun killings and such every year and would usually only pay attention to the staggering number of people killed, especially those killed simultaneously like in mass shootings. I never took the time, however, to consider whom the victims really are and what kind of people they were in life. Based on the level of grief that people have been experiencing, and all the videos of Christina I have recently watched, I can tell she was a wonderful person. If it's people like her who are so often the victims of gun violence in the U.S., then I know something has to change.
Now that I finally realize how serious of an issue gun violence is, I'm going to try to do whatever I can to make this country safer from it. I don't know how or when America will be safer from guns, or even if I'll be able to help much at all, but I know that, even though I did not know Christina, I have a feeling she is someone I will never forget. I hope that somehow all of you can find peace and get through this horrible ordeal.
I wish you all well.
P.S.: Let Christina's friends know I wish them well too, and that I commend her brother for tackling the murderer.