Christina Grimmie was an up and coming musician when she would be murdered by a deranged fan. The murder of Christina Grimmie would change the way celebrities and musicians would interact with fans. In this article on My Crime Library we will take a closer look at the murder of Christina Grimmie.
Christina Grimmie Background
Christina Grimmie was born on March 12, 1994 in New Jersey. Christina had an older brother named Marcus. According to family members Christina showed an early interest to music and would perform around the home as young as six years old
When Christina Grimmie was fifteen years old she started to upload videos of her performing to YouTube using the username of zeldaxlove64. Christina whose videos would be watched by millions over the years began to amass a strong following. Christina would be discovered by the mother of Selena Gomez who would later become her manager
Over the next few years Christina Grimmie would release and album and perform with a number of artists while her popularity continued to grow.
On season six of The Voice Christina Grimmie would compete against others on the televised singing competition. In the end Christina would finish third.
Christina Grimmie Murder
On June 10, 2016 Christina Grimmie would perform with the group Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando Florida. Following the concert Christina would meet with fans at a meet and greet.
At 10:24 pm Christina Grimmie was standing up to meet Kevin Loibl and opened her arms to hug him when Loibl pulled out a gun and shot Christina. Kevin Loibl would be tacked by Grimmie brother Marcus while others fled.
Loibl would be able to escape from Marcus Grimmie and soon after would use the gun he used to murder Christina to fatally shoot himself.
Christina Grimmie would be rushed to the hospital suffering from four gunshot wounds including one to the head. Christina Grimmie would die in hospital around 11:00 pm she was 22 years old.
Christina Grimmie – Who Is Kevin Loibl
According to people who knew him Kevin Loibl was obsessed with Christina Grimmie. Loibl who apparently underwent hair plug treatment, lost weight and eye surgery would travel to the Christina concert by cab. The motive for the murder of Christina was never made clear however seemed to fall under the ole “If I can’t have you, then no one can”
Christina Grimmie More News
Florida authorities answered one of the major questions in the shooting death of Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old singer who made her name on NBC’s “The Voice.”
The man who killed her was Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, Florida, according to Orlando police.
But they didn’t give any background on Loibl or offer a possible motive.
A handwritten note is posted on Kevin James Loibl’s family home in St. Petersburg, Florida.
CNN affiliate WFTS photographed a handwritten note posted on Loibl’s family home. It reads, “Deepest sorrow for lost (sic) to the family, friends and fans of the very talented, loving Christina Grimmie. No other comments.”
Grimmie was signing autographs late Friday after a show at The Plaza Live theater when a man approached and opened fire, police spokeswoman Wanda Miglio said.
She was rushed to a hospital, where she died.
Loibl fatally shot himself after the singer’s brother, Marcus Grimmie, tackled him, police said in a statement. About 120 people were at the meet-and-greet, and the brother’s quick action may have saved other lives, police said.
Marcus Grimmie paid tribute to the singer in a Facebook post, saying he has no words.
“Christina was more than my sister. She was a partner in life,” he posted. ” A superstar. A goofball. Introverted. And a friend to everyone. Genuinely. But above all…she was my baby sister.”
The shooter had two handguns, two additional loaded magazines and a large hunting knife, police Chief John Mina said.
Mina said investigators were going through the man’s computer, phone and other belongings to see whether they can find information about a motive. There’s no evidence Grimmie and Loibl knew each other, police said.
Police said the suspect drove to Orlando, apparently to commit the crime, and “then had plans to travel back to where he came from.”
t’s unclear how the gunman got a gun into the venue or whether attendees were checked for weapons.
“We don’t know if he was just a crazy fan that followed her on Twitter or on social media,” Miglio said. “We really don’t know … it’s undetermined at this point.”
Security measures are in place at The Plaza Live, police say, but there are no metal detectors and people are not patted down.
“As far as security, The Plaza does have security guards who wear polo shirts. They are unarmed,” Mina said. “They do check bags and purses as people enter.”
The Plaza Live issued a statement extending condolences to the victims and indicating all activities and events have been suspended “until further notice.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost as well as those that witnessed and aided in the recovery after this senseless act,” the statement said.
Grimmie posted a video hours before her last performance in which she jovially invited fans to see her show.
She was discovered on YouTube, where she amassed more than 3 million followers. Grimmie went on to win a spot on Season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice” after her show-stopping performance of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” during a blind audition captivated the attention of all four contestant judges.
The rising star finished third in the overall contest but went on to share her voice with the world.
Fans, friends and celebrities showed an outpouring of sorrow on social media using #RIPChristinaGrimmie.
One of her friends and mentors was singer Selena Gomez, who tweeted: “My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina.”
“As you’ve seen all over social media, anyone who ever came across her or knew her, knows that she was just a truly good person, somebody you loved to be around, somebody who cared about the people around her and the world around her, it’s just a huge tragedy, “The Voice”, Season 6 winner Josh Kaufman told CNN’s “New Day” on Saturday.
The band that was touring with Grimmie, Before You Exit, said on Twitter that its members are heartbroken.
“Christina was such a loving, caring, beautiful person with the biggest heart,” Before You Exit said a statement attached to one of its tweets. “She was an absolutely incredible musician and an even better friend.”
Christina Grimmie More News
A 27-year-old man wielding two handguns shot former “The Voice” contestant Christina Grimmie after a Friday night concert in Florida, and then fatally shot himself, police said Saturday.
Grimmie, 22, died from her injuries from the shooting, which happened around 10:30 p.m. ET at The Plaza Live in Orlando. The singer had opened for the band Before You Exit and was meeting fans and signing autographs a half hour after the concert ended when she was shot.
Police hailed Grimmie’s brother as a hero, and said he rushed the suspect, whom they described as a white male with two loaded magazines and a large hunting knife in addition to the two handguns he was carrying.
“Almost immediately, her brother Marcus Grimmie tackled the suspect,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters Saturday. “Shortly after that, the suspect killed himself.”
Police did not release the attacker’s identity, but said he had traveled to Orlando from his home somewhere else in Florida. Authorities initially said he was 21 years old, then corrected his age later Saturday to 27.