Christina Grimmie’s murder left her fans, friends, and family shell-shocked, and now the same fate has fallen on another former contestant from The Voice franchise.
A singer from Chicago who was a contestant on the Mexican version of The Voice has been killed, USA Today reports. He was 45-years-old.
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According to USA Today, Alejandro “Jano” Fuentes was shot three times in the head in an ambush while he was celebrating his birthday with friends outside of his Tras Bambalinas Music School in Chicago’s southwestern side. He was rushed to hospital in critical condition but eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Authorities say that Fuentes was getting into his car with his friends when a gunman suddenly appeared, forced him out of the vehicle, and shot him. The police say they have no suspects in the attack so far, and it’s currently unclear whether they are treating the incident as an attempted carjacking or a robbery. The incident happened on Thursday, and Fuentes died on Saturday.
The attack on Alejandro Fuentes comes just one week after the Christina Grimmie murder. Grimmie was a contestant on Season 6 of The Voice USA and placed third in the competition. She was shot and killed at a meet and greet she held after a concert in Orlando. She was 22-years-old. The shooter, who was later identified as Kevin James Loibl, committed suicide after he murdered Grimmie.
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According to TMZ, Kevin James Loibl was infatuated with Christina Grimmie to the point of obsession. TMZ claims that he even tried to change his appearance to make himself look more “appealing to her,” based on interviews with people who worked with him. Loibl, who worked at Best Buy, got hair transplants and Lasik eye surgery, sources say. He also listened to her music all the time and said he wanted to marry the slain singer one day.
TMZ reports Loibl’s co-workers said that he’d told them he’d gone to one of her concerts in March and insinuated that he’d actually met her in person. He used to also say that he played online video games with her, although a source close to Grimmie says that she’d never had any contact with Grimmie before the attack.
It looks like Loibl became more and more jealous when it became clear that Christina had a boyfriend, her producer. Christina never made a public statement about the relationship, TMZ reports, but it was obvious from their social media photos that thy were an item. Loibl’s co-workers say that they used to tease him about this, telling him he would never “score,” and that made him angry.
Christina Grimmie’s killer Kevin Loibl reportedly had a history of violence: https://t.co/A9z2X4C5rN
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Loibl also had a history of violence. TMZ obtained a police report which stated that they had been called to his home because of a violent act Kevin had committed. During an argument with his father’s fiancée Dawn, he slammed a door on her hand and broke her wrist.
Christina Grimmie was buried in New Jersey after an intimate funeral service attended by family and friends, People Magazine reports. Funeral arrangements were paid for by Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5 and Christina’s coach when she appeared on The Voice. The funeral followed a candlelight vigil that hundreds of well-wishers attended to pay their respects.
“She loved this town, she loved this state, she loved singing, she loved the Lord and she loved me and she was my baby sister,” Grimmie’s brother Marcus said to the gathering.
Marcus also eulogized Christina on Facebook soon after her death.
“She was a partner in life. A superstar. A goofball. Introverted. And a friend to everyone. Genuinely. But above all… she was my baby sister. She loved the Lord and her family and was always there for me and I honestly don’t know what ill do without her.”
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Alejandro “Jano” Fuentes died one day after Christina Grimmie’s funeral.
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