Former "The Voice" contestant shot and killed

Singer Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on The Voice, died after a gunman shot her and fatally shot himself following a Friday night performance in Florida, police said Saturday.

Grimmie, 22, was shot as she signed autographs for fans after she performed with the band Before You Exit at the Plaza Live in Orlando, the Associated Press reported. Grimmie’s brother immediately tackled the gunman, who then shot and killed himself, police said.

Police tweeted Saturday that the shooter was 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl of St. Petersburg, Florida. Orlando police said in a statement that there were about 120 people at the venue at the

Grimmie was taken to a local hospital in a critical condition and died early Saturday morning. They said he had two loaded handguns, additional ammunition and a hunting knife at the time of the shooting. Although patrons had their bags and purses checked for weapons at the venue, there were no metal detectors and the security guards were unarmed, Mina said.

Mina says the suspect didn't appear to know Christina Grimmie personally and may have been a deranged fan, although the motive was still unknown. A New Jersey native, Grimmie first gained attention several years ago for her YouTube videos featuring covers of pop songs, which drew millions of views.

Christina Aguilera mourned the young singer as well. She had just appeared as the opening act for the band Before You Exit.

Selena Gomez broke down in tears Saturday night as she dedicated a song to former "Voice" contestant Christina Grimmie, who was gunned down Friday night after an Orlando concert. No further information was immediately available.



  • Sheila Mcguire