Christina Grimmie’s death on Friday night continues to be a source of grief among fans of the singer around the world. Days after Christina’s tragic death, disturbing facts about Grimmie’s killer have emerged, as previously reported by TMZ.
Several people who worked with Christina Grimmie’s killer, Kevin James Loibl, revealed to the site the extent of his obsessions, which manifested numerous times during his working hours at Best Buy. They said that Loibl embarked on a mission to improve his appearance in order to win Grimmie’s affection, going so far as to undergo “hair transplants and Lasik eye surgery.” He also went vegan to lose weight. Kevin’s co-workers claimed that he played Grimmie’s music frequently at work and that he once made a vow that she would be his wife.
Christina Grimmie — Killer Went Under the Knife to Win Her Affection https://t.co/pnFjyXRr9i
— TMZ (@TMZ) June 16, 2016
Kevin’s former co-workers revealed that Loibl claimed to have met Grimmie when he attended the 22-year-old singer’s shows in March. Loibl’s obsession with Grimmie took a weirder turn when he claimed to have played online games with the singer multiple times.
To make matters worse for Loibl, his co-workers teased that his wish to land a date with Grimmie was just a pipe dream because the singer already had a boyfriend, who happens to be her producer. While her romance with the producer never went public, Kevin’s co-workers pointed out there are multiple social media photos of her and the guy proving that they are together. That reportedly enraged Loibl, which added fuel to the fire.
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) June 13, 2016
On Friday, Loibl walked up to Grimmie and shot her in the head while she met and signed autographs for fans following a concert. After getting tackled by Christina’s brother, Marcus, Loibl shot himself in the head.
Christina was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center, but she died of her injuries on Saturday morning. Police declared her brother a hero for preventing the killer from gunning down other people.
There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family of @TheRealGrimmie.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) June 11, 2016
According to police, the killer had in his possession two loaded gun magazines, two handguns, and a hunting knife.
“The suspect traveled to Orlando, apparently, to commit this crime, and then had plans to travel back to where he came from,” Police Chief John Mina told reporters.
Detectives reportedly checked on the killer’s smartphone and computer to investigate the possible motive behind the shooting.
According to GMA News, security personnel conducted bag checks at the venue’s entrance but failed to detect the shooter’s weapons.
“There are no metal detectors. People are not patted down. They open their bags and authorities look inside those bags for weapons,” Mina said.
As such, most of the event’s attendees were “young kids,” which “isn’t a crowd that you would suspect would be carrying guns,” he said.
About 120 fans were within the vicinity of the theater when the shooting happened, Mina added.
As news Christina Grimmie’s death made the rounds on social media, fans paid tribute to the singer by posting many of her performances online.
Grimmie was a New Jersey native who shot to fame for her beautiful cover performances of hit songs as posted on YouTube. In her blind audition for The Voice, Christina gained even more fans with her stunning rendition of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.”
— Rob Ryan (@TheRobRyan) June 12, 2016
After finishing third in the sixth season of The Voice in 2014, Grimmie signed a record deal with Island Records. The singer was reportedly working on an album.
“There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul w/ an amazing voice,” The Voice’s official Twitter account tweeted.
Grimmie’s manager, Brian Teefey, opened an account on GoFundMe to raise money for the singer’s family.
“Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling,” Teefey told People magazine.
“Christina was like a second daughter to me. All I wanted to do was assist her in achieving her musical dreams while protecting her from the pitfalls associated with the business,” Brian said. “I never could have imagined this horrific event being one of the pitfalls needing to be avoided.”
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[Photos by Katie Darby and Orlando Police/AP Images]