ORLANDO—Christina Grimmie, 22, a singer who came in third place on Season Six of The Voice, was shot and killed inside the Plaza Live Theater in Orlando, FL on Saturday. The singer, who competed on Adam Levine’s team on the NBC television series, had just completed her performance with the band Before You Exit Friday night, and was signing autographs for fans when the shooting took place.
After the shots were fired, the shooter, Kevin James Loibi, 27, of St. Petersburg, FL, was immediately tackled by Grimmie’s brother, Marcus. In the course of being subdued, the murderer shot himself and died at the scene.
Grimmie was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition, but later died of her injuries on Saturday morning.
News of Grimmie’s death ripped through her hometown of Evesham, NJ, where Mayor Randy Brown called her “one of Evesham’s shining stars” on a post on Facebook,
“She was driven,” said Sam Student, who attended high school with Grimmie. “She knew what she wanted to do and did it wholeheartedly. … She was talented and I was fortunate to know her.”
The shooter had two handguns, two additional loaded magazines and a large hunting knife, according to police Chief John Mina. There was no indication that suggested the Grimmie and her killer knew one another.
“The investigation is in its preliminary stages,” Orlando Sgt. Wanda Miglio said at a news conference. “We know there are many questions and we will do our best to answer them as the investigations unfolds.”
Miglio called Grimmie’s brother a hero, crediting him with stopping the suspect from hurting anyone else.