Local musician wants to change law in honor of fallen friend

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) —  A local musician is working to change the law in memory of her friend, Christina Grimmie.

Grimmie, a finalist on “The Voice,” was killed while signing autographs after a show in Florida on June 10.

Bria Kelly, of Smithfield, was also on “The Voice.” That’s where she met Grimmie, who she says became her best friend.

The grief, hurt and anguish of the senseless act has been devastating, Kelly says — not only to her family, but to her and millions of fans worldwide. She believes the situation Grimmie found herself in was totally preventable.

Kelly says Grimmie would still be alive if the nightclub she was playing at had metal detector wands and armed guards. She says the same measures should also have been in place at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed the very next night.

Kelly and her family are urging all live performance venues and nightclubs to employ these two security measures, which she says cost little and could prevent further loss of life. She says it’s the only way to truly honor Christina’s short life.

Kelly has created a form letter that anyone can fill out and send to their lawmakers.  You’ll find it on Kelly’s Facebook page.

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