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Family of Christina Grimmie's murderer offer condolences

2016-06-13 09:52
 

Los Angeles - The family of Kevin James Loibl have offered their condolences to Christina Grimmie's loved ones.

Kevin, 27, shot the 22-year-old singer dead after her concert performance in Orlando on Friday and his family reportedly posted a sign on the door of their St Petersburg, Florida, home offering their sympathies.

Journalist Tamara Lush took to Twitter to share a picture of the sign, which read: "Deepest sorrow for lost to the Family, Friends and Fans of the very talented loving Christina Grimmie. No other comments (sic)."

She captioned the image: "Note on the home of Kevin Loibl's family in St. Pete. He's the accused killer of Christina Grimmie."

Christina opened for the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando and stayed on afterwards to sign autographs for fans when Loibl - 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 Christina 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.

Police believe Loibl travelled to the gig with the intention of killing Christina.

The police chief added: "He came here to commit this crime and had plans to travel back to where he came from."

However, after Christina's brother tackled Loibl, the murderer killed himself.

This undated photo released by the Orlando Police shows Kevin James Loibl. (Orlando Police via AP)

Christina's death was confirmed in a statement from her representative, which read: "It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord. She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn't survive the gunshot wounds. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning."

Christina - 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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