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MN rocker remembers former 'The Voice' teammate, Christina Grimmie

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A Minnesota rocker went to Twitter to remember a young woman she once competed against on national television.

Kat Perkins and Christina Grimmie were both contestants on NBC's "The Voice" in 2014.

Neither won the singing competition, but they both continued their careers in music following the show.

In fact, both women had separate performances Friday night – Perkins' in Worthington, Minnesota, and Grimmie's in Orlando, Florida.

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But Grimmie's turned out to be her last.

The 22-year-old had been signing autographs following the Orlando show, when a man – identified as 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl of Florida – shot the musician, CNN reports.

Orlando police tell Reuters that Grimmie's brother tackled the shooter, and – amidst the struggle – Loibl fatally shot himself.

Grimmie was rushed to the hospital.

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Then around 2 a.m., Perkins reposted an update from the Orlando Police Department, Grimmie had died.

https://twitter.com/katperkinsmusic/status/741530106057854976

Saturday, Perkins shared some memories of her friend and former roommate, KARE 11 says.

In an interview, Perkins described Grimmie as a "tiny girl with the biggest heart and voice," who was "rooted in her faith," and was the "goofiest contestant" on that season.

https://twitter.com/TheRealGrimmie/status/304665885187121153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The Minnesota rocker also spoke with the Grand Forks Herald, saying Grimmie truly cared about her fans.

The paper says the 22-year-old would even take time to Skype with them.

Perkins tells the paper she will continue to be a voice for Grimmie – sharing the 22-year-old's stories, writing songs about her, and sharing memories.

"Even to the very last moment, [Grimmie] was doing it for her fans and doing what she loved," Perkins tells the Herald.

The Voice

Kat Perkins grew up in Scranton, North Dakota, and Christina Grimmie was born in Marlton, New Jersey.

The two came together in 2014 on season 6 of "The Voice."

Both contestants were coached by Adam Levine, and both made it very far in the show.

Perkins made it to the top five, her Facebook page says.

The Minnesota singer's run ended when she was not chosen to advance to the final round.

However, Christina Grimmie won the audience's vote and advanced to the final round.

Josh Kaufman was the season six winner.

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