Candlelight Vigil to be Held for Slain South Jersey Singer Christina Grimmie
A vigil will be held Monday night for South-Jersey singer Christina Grimmie, who was shot while signing photographs after performing Friday night in Orlando. She died at a hospital early Sunday morning.
Grimmie, 22, from Marlton, N.J., was a teen Youtube sensation who finished in third placed on NBC’s The Voice in 2014 as a member of Adam Levine‘s team.
The vigil will begin at 8:45 p.m. at Evesham’s Memorial Complex, located at 1004 Tuckerton Rd. in Evesham Township.
Grimmie’s alleged killer is Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, Fla. He apparently traveled more than 100 miles to reach Grimmie and was armed with two handguns, two loaded magazines and a hunting knife, police told reporters.
Grimmie’s brother, 23-year-old Marcus Grimmie, tackled Loibl shortly after Loibl opened fire, police said. Loibl shot and killed himself during the struggle.
It’s not clear at this time what motivated Loibl. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Loibl may have been a “deranged fan” and that he did not know Grimmie.
Marcus Grimmie asked fans to post photos and memories of his sister on Facebook Saturday. A fundraising page for the family has received more than $125k.
“Christina was more than my sister,” Marcus said in a Facebook post. “She was a partner in life. A superstar. A goofball. Introverted. And a friend to everyone.”
Loibl’s family expressed condolences through a sign posted on the door of their home but are declining to speak with press at this time, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
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Grimmie left Cherokee High School shortly before she began touring with pop sensation Selena Gomez in 2012, according to the Inquirer. Gomez dedicated a song to Grimmie Saturday night during a concert in Miami.
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The shooting took place during a violent weekend in Orlando, just one day before a gunman opened fire in a popular gay nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Grimmie is the second area Voice star to die tragically in a year, following the death by suicide of street performer-turned-reality television star Anthony Riley last June.
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