On June 10, 2016, as Christina Grimmie was busy signing autographs for fans after a concert, a man by the name of James Loibl reached out to her. She opened her arms to hug him, but in return was shot and killed. As her brother tackled the attacker to the floor, he backed himself up against a wall and shot himself in the head, never having to face time for a crime he committed without cause.
Now, over a month since Christina was ruthlessly killed, an official autopsy revealed that she died to gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Her death was ruled a “homicide” by the medical report.
The YouTube star and The Voice finalist, who finished fourth on the musical talent show, was a favourite of her coach, Adam Levine. She was also close friends with fellow pop stars, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. She was a lively personality and had a growing fan base, following her fame on video channel, YouTube.
Christina’s murderer, James Loibl was a man obsessed. It has come to light that he was infatuated with the 22-year-old budding singer, and went through hair and eye surgery, along with weight loss, to appear “attractive” towards her. No one was aware of his secret, since he did not openly stalk her, nor were there any prior threats to her life.
The ease in which her attacker was able to gain access to her has raised security concerns for other performers. Though Christina was relatively famous, there are more world-famous stars who regularly put themselves at risk by appearing in public. Tributes have been continuously pouring in since her killing, from Hollywood. One of her closest friends, Selena Gomez was filmed crying on stage during a performance in front of thousands of fans. Similarly, Canadian star Justin Bieber dedicated a number of tracks at one of his concerts to remember the slain star, gone to soon.