The Voice's contestant Christina Gimmie, who is also known for her outspoken Christian faith, has died. On June 10, 2016, Grimmie was shot by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl while she signed autographs following her performance with Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida. Loibl then fatally shot himself after being tackled by Grimmie's brother Marcus. Grimmie was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition; she died on June 11.
No motive has been discerned yet as to why Loibl shot the singer. The Orlando Police Department reported that Loibl did not have an arrest record in his home county, and did not appear to know Grimmie personally. A department spokesman said Loibl had traveled from another city in Florida "apparently to commit this crime," bringing with him two handguns, two extra magazines full of ammunition, and a hunting knife.
Grimmie has been known for her outspoken Christian faith. T.J. Wilkins, another Voice competitor, wrote: "What I'll remember most about you is our conversation about faith and the love of Christ."
That faith came out in Grimmie's own tweets, too, including this one from 2013, which her fans are sharing anew in light of her tragic death: "Sometimes God allows terrible things to happen in your life and you don't know why. But that doesn't mean you should stop trusting Him."
Grimmie has been known for her participation in the NBC singing competition The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. In June 2011, she released her debut EP, Find Me. Her studio album With Love was released in 2013. A second EP, Side A, was released in 2016.
In 2014, Grimmie took part in season 6 of The Voice and finished in third place. Adam Levine, her coach on the show, announced in the finale that regardless of the results he would sign her to his label 222 Records. Lil Wayne also offered to sign her to his label,Young Money Entertainment. She signed with Island Records for a short time before being dropped.