YouTube star and finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” Christina Grimmie was shot and killed on Friday following a show in Orlando.
CNN reports that Grimmie was signing autographs at The Plaza Live theater late Friday when Kevin James Loibl came up and shot her. The 22-year-old later died hours later at a hospital.
Grimmie’s brother Marcus is being hailed for his quick-thinking, tackling the assailant following the shooting. After Marcus took him down, Loibl allegedly fatally shot himself during the struggle.
Authorities believe that Loibl didn’t personally know Grimmie and are uncertain of a motive. In addition to the gun used to kill the singer, Slate reports the 27-year-old came to the venue armed with a second handgun and a hunting knife.
Loibl is accused of traveling from St. Petersburg, more than 100 miles away. With investigators searching through his social media accounts and cellphone, Orlando Police Chief John Mina commented that it isn’t clear whether he stalked ‘The Voice’ contestant prior to the shooting. “There is no indication that he knew her. We’re looking into that to try to find a motive for the crime,” he said at a Saturday news conference, according to TIME.
Loibl’s family has been mum following the tragic event. However, a brief note posted on their home door reads: “Deepest sorrow for lost (sic) to the family, friends and fans of the very talented, loving Christina Grimmie. No other comments.”
Though Christina finished third during season six of the “The Voice,” she also gained notoriety through her YouTube channel where she had more than three million subscribers.
“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 show’s official Twitter posted shortly after her death.
Tributes and support have flooded in since the 22-year-old’s death. A GoFundMe page created by Christina’s manager Brian Teefey to help raise money for her family has already brought in $145,000. Billboard reported on Monday that Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who was Christina’s coach on the NBC show, offered to pay for her funeral and travel costs for her mother. “Behati and I are absolutely devastated and heartbroken by Christina Grimmie’s death. Our hearts go out to her family,” Levine tweeted Sunday afternoon.
Marcus Grimmie took to Facebook to thank everyone for the outpouring of well-wishes. The message read, in part: “I’m so blown away by everything right now. But all I can say is thank you. And Christina will be missed and never ever forgotten. Love you Christina.”