The Orlando Police Department has released the name of the man who shot and killed 22-year-old musician Christina Grimmie while she was signing autographs after her show at The Plaza Live on Friday.
The man, identified by police as 27-year-oldKevin James Loibl, approached Grimmie while she was signing autographs for fans inside the venue after the show. Loibl opened fired on Grimmie and was immediately tackled by her brother, Mark.Loibl then turned the gun on himself and died by suicide. Police say there were approximately 120 people in the venue at the time of the shooting.
Christina later died from the gunshot wounds inflicted byLoibl, and the Orlando Police Department called her brother Mark a hero, stating that he “possibly saved countless other lives” in a press release. Mark was uninjured in the incident.
Police say thatLoibl, who they later confirmed was from Florida, was armed with two handguns, a hunting knife and additional ammunition. Police are searching his phone and laptop for a possible motive.
The Plaza Live posted on its Facebook page that it would be closed until further notice due to the shooting.
Grimmie rose to YouTube fame at the young age of 15, and later appeared on Season 6 of NBC’s TheVoice on Adam Levin’s team, where she finished third.
Editor’s note: The author of this post briefly worked with Christina Grimmie in 2011 as a post-production audio editor.
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