Motive to kill Christina Grimmie
still unknown as gunman named — report

June 12 2016 5:46 PM

Police in Orlando, Florida were still unable to determine a motive for killing “The Voice” contestant Christina Grimmie, said CNN on Sunday, June 12 (Philippine time).

Officers simply named the gunman who killed the 22 year-old songwriter as Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, Florida, but did not state his background.

At the time of the incident, Loibl carried two handguns, two additional loaded magazines and a large hunting knife to the Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida, police Chief John Mina said.

Mina said that authorities have searched the suspect’s computer, phone, and other belongings to trace a motive for the crime. Police said there is no evidence that Grimmie and Loibl knew each other, that he drove to Orlando to commit the crime, and “then had plans to travel back to where he came from.”

No comment has been sought from Loibl’s family besides a handwritten note posted on the front door of their home that read, “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 after a concert in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, June 11, when Loibl approached her and opened fire. She was rushed to the hospital but died only a few hours later.

After being tackled by Marcus Grimmie, Christina’s brother, Loibl shot himself and was declared dead on the spot.

READ: ‘The Voice’ alum Christina Grimmie dead after concert shooting — report

Florida police believe that Marcus’ actions saved the lives of the 120 people present during his sister’s meet-and-greet.

Marcus posted a message to his sister’s supporters through Facebook on Sunday, June 12.

“Christina was more than my sister. She was a partner in life. A superstar. A goofball. Introverted. And a friend to everyone. Genuinely. But above all…she was my baby sister,” he said.

“I would love all and any of you to post pics of you and her and/or memories you have of her down in the comments. I will cherish it forever and always. So please do that for me,” Marcus added.

Following the incident, Plaza Live said in a statement that they would suspend succeeding shows to work with police on an investigation.

“All activities and events at the Plaza Live Venue have been suspended until further notice Grief counselors will be provided to the involved staff and we will be partnering with our concert promoter AEG to support the artists and their families as appropriate,” Plaza Live said.

“We are closely working with The Orlando Police Department on this law-enforcement investigation and therefore necessarily defer specific questions to OPD’s public information officer,” they said.

Below are videos of Grimmie’s performance on “The Voice” and cover posted on her YouTube channel before achieving mainstream fame.

 

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