As news of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history was still seeping into our collective heads, the music world was still grappling with the incident that took place on Friday, June 10, when Season 6 “The Voice” finalist Christina Grimmie was gunned down by a deranged fan in Florida while she was meeting fans and signing autographs after her show. In addition to being just heartbreaking knowing that Blake Shelton and many other country stars knew her, these artists were also forced to contemplate their own policies and procedures.

Because as we have seen, it can happen to anyone.

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When Cassadee Pope addressed the media at the CMA Fest June 11, the question was posed if she ever worried about such an event before this and if was now scared to meet fans anymore.

“To be honest, no it’s never crossed my mind and it’s things like last night that remind me it’s possible it could happen any time,” she said. “I did a show at the Basement East last night and I stayed after for 45 minutes to sign for fans. I had nobody checking bags or anything before they came to meet me. I think there’s a certain level of safety to think about but it’s impossible to foresee any of that happening.”

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“Obviously my heart goes out to her family and friends, I met her a few times and obviously I’m a fan of what she did and her work. It’s a really sad day for everybody but I’m performing on her behalf tonight.”

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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