EXCLUSIVE PICS: Inside Christina Grimmie's Final Performance
By Antoinette Bueno
Images and videos of late singer Christina Grimmie's final performance on Friday night in Orlando, Florida, show the young talent full of life and happily interacting with fans.
Grimmie took to the stage at The Plaza Live in a black crop top, matching miniskirt and boots, singing songs from her self-titled EP, which was released in February. The 22-year-old Voice alum appeared to be in good spirits -- looking completely comfortable on stage -- smiling wide as she opened up for the pop-rock band, Before You Exit.
The Orlando Police Department says Grimmie was shot by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl of St. Petersburg, Florida, during a post-concert meet-and-greet following Grimmie's performance. Pics of fans posing with Grimmie during the meet-and-greet show the YouTube sensation happily smiling for the camera.
Grimmie was fatally shot at around 10:30 pm ET during that meet-and-greet. Approximately 120 people were inside the venue at the time. When police arrived to the scene, they found two people had been shot. The second person was the shooter, whom the Orlando Police Department identified on Saturday as Loibl. Fans later took to social media to express their shock.
"I can't believe I was just at the arena having the best night and on the way home I hear Christina got shot!?!" one fan captioned a video of Grimmie performing her song "Without Him" on stage. "She is the sweetest person ever and so incredibly talented I hope she is OK this is so sad."
According to one fan, Grimmie "made it a point to meet everybody after every show."
"These young fans will never forget the terrible things they saw while simply waiting in line for an autograph and a picture thanks to the piece of s**t that took the life of this beautiful young woman," the fan wrote on Instagram.
"She was so talented and sweet, and she cared for every single fan there ... " another fan who attended Friday's show shared on Instagram.
On Saturday evening, a prayer group formed at Lake Eola Park, about two miles from The Plaza Live, to hold a small vigil for Grimmie. The group had been at the singer’s show and saw the gunman behind them. When they turned away, they heard three gunshots, then saw Grimmie on the ground.
Clearly, fans are devastated by Grimmie's death including her Voice coach, Adam Levine. Grimmie was on the Maroon 5 frontman’s team during season six of the hit NBC singing competition, in which she placed third.
"[My wife] Behati and I are absolutely devastated and heartbroken by Christina Grimmie's tragic death," Levine said in a statement obtained by ET. "Our hearts go out to her family. Christina was a natural, a gifted talent that comes along so rarely. She was taken from us too soon. This is yet another senseless act of extreme violence. I am left stunned and confused how these things can conceivably continue to happen in our world."