Christina Grimmie Dead

Christina Grimmie's Killer Identified as 27-Year-Old Florida Resident

As fans of Christina Grimmie continue to grapple with The Voice finalist’s senseless murder, authorities are slowly releasing information about her killer.

According to a tweet from officials, the man who shot Grimmie — before turning his gun on himself — was 27-year-old Florida resident Kevin James Loibl, who came to Orlando with the sole intent of murdering her:

Grimmie, 22, was shot Friday at The Plaza Live in Orlando while signing autographs after a concert. The shooter, now known to be Loibl, was tackled by Grimmie’s brother before shooting himself. Grimmie was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

In response to a reporter asking whether Loibl could be considered a “deranged fan,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina responded, “That’s what it’s looking like,” though he stressed that any such characterization remains purely speculative at this point.

Adam Levine, who served as Grimmie’s coach on The Voice, tweeted his heartbroken reaction to her death, one of many tweets from those who knew her well:

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  1. Leigh says:

    Senseless. May she sing with the Angels.

  2. Lala says:

    How many more people need to die before action is taken…may her sweet soul rest in peace.

    • Coop says:

      If someone is really set on killing another person and willing to die to achieve it, there’s really not much that can be done to prevent it. Sad, but true.

      • Shaun says:

        Can at least make it very hard.Can’t exactly bring a bow or crossbow,and a knife can be stopped.Guns have the most destructive power besides explosives.

        • DL says:

          Well said. No one is asking to take away guns or repeal the 2nd Amendment. Just common sense reforms. Things like background checks or even a written exam (we take one to drive, after all) may have prevented this man from getting his hands on a firearm.

        • Coop says:

          I don’t see any point on speculating how this murderer acquired his weapons, as it could have been “very hard” already or done easily via an illegal method. Might as well wait for the entire story since you can’t develop a solution until that point.

          • Lala says:

            This is the problem right here, people valuing the right to having fire arms more than life. What entire story are you waiting for; there’s nothing more to get, a gun was in the wrong hands and an innocent person died. Pretty sure it wasn’t hard for him to get a gun in a country were on average 88/100 people own a gun. Even war-torn countries do not have that many firearms at their disposal. So stop trying to make excuses!

          • Coop says:

            Lala: You can’t just yell “gun control!” when implementation of desired laws is already in existence and/or they wouldn’t have applied in this situation. Before even knowing how this POS murderer acquired his weapons, he violated at least a half dozen laws last night. Said laws and known penalties didn’t stop him. Banning guns isn’t the answer, nor is it realistic (let alone constitutional). I’m going to exit this discussion because I really have no desire to get into this here. In closing, I just hope this animal gets what he deserves wherever it is he ended up.

          • Murica! says:

            Give me a break. Do you honestly believe it is easy to get a gun in other countries? The lack of gun control in the US is ridiculous. Only in the US is it a constitutional right to carry a firearm. It’s absurd.

          • Angela says:

            @Murica!: Actually, what the Constitution refers to with the Second Amendment is more an organized militia having the right to bear arms. It doesn’t exactly say that any ol’ average Joe can get and should own a gun if they want to, but that’s how people have come to interpret that amendment over the years. Which is a large part of the problem right there. Apparently some of the anti-gun control people have forgotten that the phrase “well-regulated” appears in that very amendment, too, which implies to me that even our Founding Fathers thought gun ownership should be controlled and regulated in some form or another.
            But yeah. It’s all a mess, and the fact that people keep denying we have a problem with guns in this country, or take great pains to try and blame everything else in the world BUT them when a shooting happens (’cause how dare we talk about guns after someone’s been shot with one, right?), is maddening to me.
            As for this story, it’s utterly heartbreaking, and my heart goes out to her family, friends, and fans. Just awful and deeply tragic.

        • Ann says:

          You can never really ban guns. Anyone who wants to kill will find a way to get their hands on it. We can ban the selling and manufacturing of guns, but that’ll just create a black market. Think prohibition. The only way to stop senseless killings is to find the crazies and lock them up before they hurt anyone and create a society that values life.

          • Kole says:

            I get where you’re coming from, but guns definitely can be banned as many other nations have this in effect, many of which also have far far less gun violence and none with an even remotely similar mass shooting problem as the US. While true that someone with intent to get their hands on a weapon will likely do so, you can’t deny that making the process difficult will also prevent many people from getting their hands on one. I’m not a proponent of ‘no guns ever’, but I do believe that the process should be much more intensive for such a simple yet destructive device. Those that are responsible enough to possess one should be more than willing to go through an intensive screening and testing to prove that they deserve one. Having the right to bear arms does not mean realizing it should be simple. The problem is two-fold, in mental health reform AND gun control; they are not mutually exclusive and solving one does not mean the other is no longer an issue. Why not try and prevent any ‘crazies’ from hurting people and making sure anyone who possesses a gun is responsible enough to handle it?

          • DL says:

            All you have to do is look at the homicide rates of other countries with strict gun regulations (hint: they’re astronomically lower than the U.S.). The U.S. murder rate is around 4 deaths per 100,000 people… just a couple slots better than Iran.
            Look, no one is talking about banning guns. Just common sense laws and restrictions.

          • Angela says:

            To piggyback on DL’s point-it’s been just a little over 24 hours since Grimme’s death, and now this nightclub massacre happens in the same city.
            But nope. Our country doesn’t have a gun violence problem. Not at all.
            I just…I don’t know what the hell it’ll take for people opposed to gun control to finally get it. You can own a gun and support gun control. It does not have to be one or the other.

          • Angela says:

            Adding on that the “Well, people will just find ways around the laws” attitude sounds so defeatist and makes it sound like people just shouldn’t even try and take the barest of safety measures.. That’s like saying, “Well, somebody could always find a way to get into your house and rob you, so it’s futile to try and lock your doors/windows or buy alarms for your home.”
            I just don’t get why people are so resistant to at least TRYING a few gun control measures. If they don’t work, we can always try and find another solution. But if they DO work and we see a reduction in these constant mass shootings and other various acts of gun violence as a result, then…I don’t really see where the problem is.
            And speaking generally here, I wish people would quite assuming that pro gun control people believe that “gun control=no more shootings ever!” Obviously gun control supporters know that we’ll never be able to entirely stop people from shooting each other altogether. All we’re asking is that we at least try and make this a LESS common occurrence. We’ve had FAR too many incidents like this in recent years. That is an inarguable fact. And something desperately needs to be done.

    • Kara says:

      Criminals can get guns illegally in a matter of minutes. So knowing this as fact why can I not posses a gun that I legally obtained to protect myself and family? The countries founding fathers thought this important enough to make it the 2nd amendment. It has been this way since before any of us were born. If you don’t like it leave the country.

      Lets ban drugs…worked out so well. Lets ban alcohol…worked out well. Where there is a will there is a way. The bad guys will always be able to to get what they want. Someone said make it harder to get a gun…like an exam. Ok I live in Delaware and you have to take a weekend long course, post in the newspaper, take a test, background check and go to range to be certified. After that you have to submit all your documents and wait 2 + months. Of course if you are impatient and a non law abiding citizen you could take a ride down to the city and get a gun in a matter of minutes.

      IMO the solution is the government getting out of our business, bringing the jobs back and get people off welfare. If people were able to and or forced to take care of their own families the country would be better off. People who have to work for their belongings take pride in themselves.

  3. Kate says:

    Apparently it was an ex-boyfriend. Horrific. As always, a scary time to be a woman.

  4. Cari says:

    Her voice brought joy and healing to many. while she may not physically be with us, her voice will always live on.

  5. Coop says:

    If someone ever gets to a point where they’re set on killing someone, why can’t they just do it to themselves and let everyone else carry on with their lives?

  6. Carina says:

    Why on earth are you and the police giving space to that lunatics Face and name to be shown. He doesn’t deserve the 5 minutes of fame that his deranged mind was probably seaking by this horendous act!

  7. Jonathan Lighthill says:

    Your gun laws America. You need to sort them out. Killing people is just too easy in your country. You know it’s true when will you aft?

  8. Jaszy says:

    Just…WHO would want to target this beautiful, amazing, talented girl!?! It boggles my mind.
    Christina Grimmie is not dead because of a deranged stalker/fan, is she?
    I just can’t believe it. Celebrities die too, because they are human beings like the rest of us normal folks…but I can’t explain why it’s so shocking when it happens. It just is.

  9. kevin says:

    I wish this gunman had just shot himself and left this talent alone

  10. Nisha says:

    I want to cry.. this woman was so talented and had such a bright future ahead of her… and i know that sounds cliche but it’s so true.. her voice… my god her voice.. it was amazing… it made all the feels come out. it’s too bad she wasn’t around longer… she would have been the next big thing. but that’s not the saddest part. the saddest part is that such a young promising life has been taken away from us too soon because the government cannot crack down on gun laws. this is very unfortunate.. words cannot convey how tragic this is… my heart goes out to her family and all I can hope for is that her death may lead to some change. Rest in Peace beautiful Christina.. may you sing with the angels

  11. Elizabeth Glasco says:

    So tragic and senseless. Prayers for her family that are left behind to wonder why.