'The Voice' Sensation Christina Grimmie Shot Dead Post-Concert in Florida

Posted at June 13th, 2016 | by Singh Shivani | in

June 11 came as a great loss for the music industry when a shooter opened fire at 22 year old singer and YouTube celebrity Christina Grimmie while she was interacting with fans after her show in Orlando. She later succumbed to her injuries in a local hospital.

The music artist began her career as a budding YouTube star and rose to fame in 2014 when she grabbed the 3rd position in the American reality TV show ‘The Voice’. Her killer has now been identified as Kevin James Loibl of St. Petersburg, Florida by the Orlando police. This was a premeditated crime as the man was well-equipped with ammunitions including two loaded magazines, two small-caliber handguns and a large hunting knife. Since there weren’t any metal detectors at the concert venue getting the weapons in was a cakewalk for the killer.

Destiny Rivera, 20, an eye-witness from Orlando, Florida, told The Daily Mail, “Christina was hanging out by the merchandise table, near the sound desk, talking to fans and taking pictures. The guy in front of us was walking up to meet her. Her arms were open, waiting to greet him with a hug. Then there was a sound of three pops, like balloons. I saw Christina’s leg fall to the side on the ground like a dead weight. I didn’t see her face.”

The victim’s brother Marcus Grimmie jumped into action resulting in the killer lethally injuring himself. “Very heroic actions by Marcus Grimmie to jump in and it definitely could have prevented further loss of life,” – Chief John Mina, Orlando Police.

Before You Exit’, the band which performed along with Christina that evening was deeply shocked and heartbroken at her demise. Several fans and celebrities including Selena Gomez, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Jay Pharaoh, John Green, etc. took to social media to express their grief over this horrific killing. Twitter was flooded by #RIPChristina as a mark of condolence.

Singh Shivani

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