Thousands of fans have signed an online petition addressed to Nintendo to add pop singer Christina Grimmie as an NPC in the next Zelda game.
Grimmie, a popular 22-year-old singer, songwriter, and pianist from New Jersey was brutally gunned down while signing autographs after her star performance in Orlando, Fla. on June 10. She died on June 11.
Following Grimmie’s death, a fan by the name of Ian Tan took to Change.org to create an online petition in an effort to “memorialize” the singer in the universe she always cherished.
A portion of Tan’s petition reads:
“There is an upcoming Legend of Zelda game poised for release in 2017. I want to propose the possibility of naming a character after Christina Grimmie when the English version is released. Hopefully she is in a better place now, but whether a NPC or mentioned in an Easter egg, it would be a beautiful act to let her be memorialized in the universe she always cherished.”
At the time of this writing, 27,000 of the now-needed 35,000 supporters have provided their digital signatures in hopes of having a Zelda NPC named after Christina Grimmie. As with all online petitions, however, Nintendo may or may not acknowledge them.
There’s no question that Grimmie was a huge fan of The Legend of Zelda and Nintendo — from her vibrant Zelda-themed clothing to her personal YouTube channel named “zeldaxlove64 Christina Grimmie.” She even uploaded a YouTube video in May 2011 to share her excitement with fans about her newly purchased Nintendo 3DS, which you can watch below.
This isn’t the first time fans have petitioned Nintendo. Following Robin Williams’s death in 2014, more than 100,000 fans asked Nintendo to include the actor as an NPC in the upcoming The Legend of Zelda on Wii U.