Family Of Singer Shot And Killed At Concert Sues
On Monday news was reported that families of three victim’s in the Pulse nightclub shooting were suing Twitter, Google and Facebook. The next day on Tuesday news broke that the family of Christina Grimmie filed a lawsuit against the entertainment group, security company and venue that hosted her concert, said Billboard magazine.
The 22-year-old singer was fatally shot on June 10 in Orlando while meeting with fans after her concert. Her family is suing AEG Live and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Plaza Foundation.
Billboard reported that the family is suing for “wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress.”
On late Tuesday Grimmie’s brother, Mark Grimmie, announced that the family had “engaged a lawyer to pursue claims” against the promoter and venue “for failure to use proper safety and security measures.”
“We asked [our lawyer] to look into it and he found real negligence in using proper safety and security measures,” Grimmie said to the Orlando Sentinel.
The Orlando Sentinel reached out to a spokeswoman for The Plaza, but no one could be reached.
According to Billboard, the suit claims the defendants are responsible for the inadequate security measure to keep the shooter, Kevin Loibl, out.
Loibl, 27, entered the venue from Bumby Avenue with two 9mm Glock handguns, two full magazines and a large hunting knife, per the police records. He turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head after killing Grimmie.
Since the shooting The Plaza Live has added more security including a surveillance camera and metal detectors.
According to the Orlando Sentinel there is no confirmation of a lawsuit being filed in Orange County or federal court. Mark Grimmie commented that he wasn’t sure if the lawyer had filed it yet.
Grimmie, who finished third on the sixth season of the TV show “The Voice,” was a New Jersey native.