Why did Kevin James Loibl choose to kill Christina Grimmie? That’s the question fans have been asking since he pointed the gun at her and fired away on 10th June.
Now, new details have revealed what prompted the 27-year-old to travel from his home in St Petersburg to the concert held at the Plaza Live Theatre to commit the attack.
According to TMZ, Loibl, who was a Geek Squad employee at Best Buy, used to get teased for being “infatuated” with “The Voice” alum. He even vowed to marry her one day. His former co-workers reportedly told the site that Loibl had undergone a hair transplant, laser eye surgery, and adopted a vegan diet to lose weight – all these in a delusional bid to woo her.
Although the Geek Squad staff claimed to have played online games with the 22-year-old singer, a source told TMZ it was untrue. The Orlando police force have also found no connection between Grimmie or Liobl prior to her death. The police have previously stated that they believed Loibl to be a deranged fan but were still working on establishing a solid motive for the shooting.
After the shooting, Loibl’s family stuck a scribbled note outside of their front door, apologising for the unfortunate murder.
So what exactly pushed Loibl over the edge to commit such a hideous crime?
While we’re not 100% sure about this but he reportedly became enraged when he was shown a black-and-white picture of the talented singer together with producer Stephen Rezza, rumoured to be her boyfriend. Loibl’s colleagues teased him that he’d never stand a chance because Grimmie was already in a relationship with a handsome guy.
This was apparently enough reason to take her life.
Meanwhile, Grimmie’s close friend, Selena Gomez, broke down in tears earlier this week when she dedicated a song in honour of Grimmie’s memory.
Also paying tribute to the late singer was her coach from “The Voice”, Adam Levine. The Maroon 5 lead singer offered to cover the expenses for her funeral. More information on his kind contribution here.