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‘Always Smiling,' Friend Shares Memories of Local Singer, Christina Grimmie

Fans are mourning the loss of singer and New Jersey native, Christina Grimmie after she was shot and killed outside of a concert on Friday. Grimmie's 'The Voice' competitor and good friend, Audra McLaughlin, spoke of the wonderful memories she has of Grimmie.

"She was always smiling," McLaughlin told NBC10, "She would always walk by me and make these funny faces, she would joke around a lot."

The incident left fans, friends, family and celebrities who knew Grimmie, in shock. 

"We're all numb," said McLaughlin who explained she and Grimmie became close during season 6 of 'The Voice'. She said the two would spend time together practicing and preparing for shows and became great friends. 

McLaughlin explained that even the girls' families became friendly. She said that her mother would often text Grimmie's mother to catch up and congratulate her on all of the success.

McLaughlin said moving forward from Grimmie's death will be difficult and said one can never be prepared enough for a tragedy this devastating. 

"You never think something like this is going to happen," McLaughlin said, "As an artist you just want to do what you love. With something like this, it's hard to think of the future ... you just have to keep going."

Grimmie grew up in Marlton, Burlington County and attended Cherokee High School.

A candlelight vigil for Grimmie is planned for Monday night at the Marlton Sports Complex.

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