Po­lice look­ing for mo­tive

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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.

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