Christina Grimmie of ‘The Voice’ Shot and Killed After Performing Orlando Concert
She was 22
Update 2: The Orlando Police Department has identified the suspect in Grimmie’s killing as 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Update: Police have provided additional details about the murder suspect. According to the Orlando Police Department, the shooter was a 27-year-old white male “not local” to the area. Detectives are examining the man’s phone and computer in hopes of identifying a motive.
Christina Grimmie, a singer and YouTube star who competed on The Voice, has died of her injuries after she was shot following her show at the Plaza Live Theater in Orlando, Florida on Friday night. She was 22.
Grimmie and Before You Exit, an Orlando-based pop-punk band, were signing autographs for fans after the show, the Orlando Sentinel reports. An unknown male suspect approached and shot Grimmie; after the singer’s brother tackled him, the suspect killed himself. No one else was injured.
Grimmie first gained a following on YouTube for her covers of popular songs, and finished in third place on The Voice’s sixth season in 2014. As news spread, the hashtags #PrayForChristina and #RIPChristina trended on Twitter. Grimmie’s management set up a GoFundMe campaign to benefit her family.
NBC’s singing competition posted a message of sympathy on Facebook. Find it and a 2015 video of Grimmie covering Adele’s “Hello” below.