Orlando Police Withholding Identity Of Christina Grimmie’s Killer (UPDATED)

Christina Grimmie performs in 2013.

(Photo: Getty Images – 2013 – via The Guardian)

UPDATE:  Without providing any background information, police have identified the murderer as Kevin J. Loibl.  (Photo: myfox8.com)

Orlando Police identified singer Christina Grimmie's shooter as 27 year old Kevin James Loibl.

The killer is dead of a gunshot wound.  Rising pop music star Christina Grimmie is dead from gunshot injuries.  The Guardian tells us that the Orlando Police already have a lot of information about the 21 year old assassin:

…“At about 10.30pm last night we received multiple calls about shots being fired from inside the plaza,” police chief John Mina told reporters. “Our officers responded within two minutes and immediately cleared the scene.”…

…Investigators believe Grimmie’s killer travelled to Orlando from outside of central Florida to kill the singer. “We can tell you he came here to commit this crime and had plans to travel back to where he came from,” Mina said. To the best of investigators’ knowledge, the shooter was alone.

The search now turns to the shooter’s cellphone and computer, he added: “Our lives are always now on our phones, so we’re hoping that that will maybe lead us in the right direction to find a motive for this crime.”…

Sometimes figuring out those motives can be so baffling to the police.

And they’re not releasing his name – yet.

He’s dead.  I can’t help wondering why withholding his identity and place of origin is necessary.  He was heavily armed and carrying extra ammunition.  Perhaps we’ll know more later today.

Belated thanks to Drudge for the links.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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