Grieving Fans Ask Nintendo To Name Zelda Character After Murdered Singer

Christina Grimmie, the young singer (and former The Voice contestant) who was tragically shot and killed in Orlando earlier this month, was a massive and very vocal fan of the Legend of Zelda series. In the wake of her murder, fans have been asking Nintendo to honour her in an upcoming game.

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As Time report, there have been at least two petitions made by fans asking that Nintendo name a character in the Zelda universe after Grimmie. One has almost 17,000 signatures, another is pushing 60,000.

It’s a gesture that comes from a good place, but Nintendo has understandably (and very deftly) said no, at least for now, saying “we are aware of the outpouring of support for her, as well as the petition, but we won’t be making any creative or content decisions in this time of mourning.”

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