Police looking for motive
Christina Grimmie’s killer has been identified.
The man who shot the 22year-old singer dead following her concert performance in Orlando in the US on Friday has been named as Kevin James Loibl, 27, from St Petersburg, Florida.
Police believe Loibl travelled to the gig with the intention of killing Grimmie, who opened for the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live and stayed on afterwards to sign autographs for fans when the attacker - who was carrying two handguns, two loaded magazines and a hunting knife - approached her and opened fire.
During a press conference, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said it was likely that the man was a deranged fan and that Grimmie did not know him.
He said: “That would be speculation, but that’s what it’s looking like. There’s no indication that he knew her, we’re looking into that to try and find a motive for the crime.” He added that police were currently searching through the Loibl’s phone and computer to find a possible motive for the murder. The police chief added: “He came here to commit this crime and had plans to travel back to where he came from.” However, after Grimmie’s brother tackled Loibl the murderer turned the gun on himself. Grimmie (pictured), who appeared on season six of The Voice USA, first found fame as a teenager for her renditions of hit songs, which led to her developing a huge following on YouTube. She released her debut recording Find Me in 2011, while the singer’s second EP - Side A - was released earlier this year.