In June 2016, rising star Christina Grimmie was gunned down while signing autographs after her performance with the band Before You Exit at Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida. The incident left fans, family and friends reeling.
According to police, Loibl’s “only friend” told investigators that he became fixated on the singer. He lost 50 pounds and underwent Lasik surgery, and even got his teeth whitened, all for Christina.
The autopsy results of Christina Grimmie’s death were released this week, confirming that she died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The 22-year-old singer and former contestant on The Voice gained a large following after uploading her performances of popular songs to YouTube, where she amassed over 15 million views.
In June 2016, Christina was shot by a man during a meet-and-greet with fans after her performance at Orlando’s Plaza Live Theater. She was reportedly signing autographs, and the shooter identified as 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl began firing at her. He then shot himself, police said.
The shooting grabbed national attention but was soon overshadowed by the Pulse nightclub massacre the next day. But Christina’s family, friends, and YouTube community have continued to celebrate her life — and her beautiful voice — since her death. This was highlighted in a new episode of Investigation Discovery’s series Death By Fame. In it, the family explains how they founded The Christina Grimmie Foundation and continue to support families of victims of gun violence.
The suspect in Christina Grimmie’s death has been identified as 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl. He reportedly traveled to Orlando specifically to shoot Grimmie at her concert at the Plaza Live Theater. He was armed with two handguns and a large hunting knife, police said Saturday morning. Loibl then killed himself. Grimmie’s brother, Marcus, tackled him as soon as he started shooting and was hailed as a hero for possibly saving others from being hurt.
The New Jersey native rose to fame as a teenager on YouTube, where she sang covers of popular songs that received millions of views. She later competed on season six of The Voice, where she landed a spot on Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine’s team.
She finished third and gained a following that led to an album deal with Island Records. She had a number of other projects in the works at the time of her death. Her family has started a foundation in her honor.
After finishing third on season six of The Voice and joining Team Adam, singer Christina Grimmie began amassing a huge following online with her powerhouse renditions of hit songs. She was on her way to becoming a huge star before tragedy struck.
On June 10, 2016, she was performing with the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida. After the show she was signing autographs and chatting with fans, which was a routine for her. She opened her arms to 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl, who then shot her three times. He was tackled by Grimmie’s brother Marcus, who also works as her tour manager, and then killed himself.
Grimmie’s family and friends were left heartbroken after her tragic death. Her brother, along with her parents, has been working to carry on her legacy by launching the Christina Grimmie Foundation. The foundation is focused on providing monetary aid to victims of gun violence.
A singer and dancer who rose to fame after appearing on Season 6 of NBC’s popular singing competition The Voice, Grimmie gained an even bigger following thanks to her renditions of hit songs on YouTube. She was able to amass millions of fans.
On June 10, 2016, the 22-year-old was meeting fans after a performance at Orlando’s Plaza Live Theater when 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl shot her in the head and chest, according to police. Loibl then shot himself, police said.
Her parents Tina and Bud Grimmie, as well as her brother Marcus, all attended a fundraising event held by the Christina Grimmie Foundation on March 18. In a video posted to Instagram, her father spoke of how his daughter loved people and never turned away from a stranger.
Her brother also remembered his sister as someone who loved animals, and he praised the Humane Society for their work. The family is seeking compensation for the mental pain and suffering they claim Grimmie’s death caused them.