Saturday 10 December 2016

Man who murdered Voice star Christina Grimmie lost weight and had eye surgery to make himself more attractive to her, says 'only friend'

Published 22/06/2016 | 18:33

Christina Grimmie was shot dead in Orlando (AP)
Christina Grimmie was shot dead in Orlando (AP)

A friend of the gunman who shot The Voice singer Christina Grimmie after an Orlando concert says his friend had developed a fixation on her within the last year.

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Kevin Loibl had lost weight, had eye surgery and hair implants to improve his appearance for the singer, according to a police report.

Kevin James Loibl was identified as the gunman who shot and killed Christina Grimmie (Orlando Police/AP)
Kevin James Loibl was identified as the gunman who shot and killed Christina Grimmie (Orlando Police/AP)

Loibl, the man Orlando Police detectives say fatally shot Grimmie on June 11 as she was signing autographs after a concert, spent most of his time watching Grimmie on YouTube and that he constantly monitored her social media accounts, his friend, Cory Dennington, told detectives.

Mr Dennington worked with Loibl at a Best Buy store in the St Petersburg, Florida, area and described himself as Loibl's only friend.

Loibl "made it clear he watched everything having to do with her", Mr Dennington told detectives.

Mr Dennington became concerned enough with Loibl's obsession with Grimmie that he told their boss at Best Buy about it, according to the police report.

The manager, Luke Dahl, told detectives he never spoke to Loibl directly about the infatuation but said he had seen Loibl watching Grimmie's YouTube videos at work.

Mr Dahl described Loibl as "socially awkward" and "detached". He also said Loibl lacked social skills and worked in the back of the store on computers so he did not interact with customers in his part-time job.

Loibl, 27, did not have any previous criminal history, detectives said. He lived at home with his father and brother, and they told detectives they were unaware of his obsession.

His father, Paul Loibl, told detectives that his son "lived like hermit", hardly leaving his room except to go to his job.

Thousands of friends and fans said farewell to Grimmie last week in Medford, New Jersey, where her family lived before moving to southern California in 2012.

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