It’s June 2016, and rising star Christina Grimmie is holding a meet-and-greet session in Orlando, Florida. Yet as the singer patiently poses for photographs with fans, she’s unaware of someone with sinister intentions lurking in the crowd. So when Kevin Loibl steps forward, Grimmie prepares simply to embrace another one of her admirers. But then things take a terrifying turn.
No one could have previously imagined such a nightmare scenario for the young star to face. Grimmie had, after all, led a relatively normal life. Born on March 12, 1994, Grimmie was in fact raised alongside older sibling Marcus in the Philadelphia suburb of Marlton, New Jersey. Yet it wasn’t long before her childhood passion for music made an impression on those around her. In fact, Grimmie’s dad first spotted her vocal talents when his daughter was the tender age of six.
And four years later, Grimmie began learning to play the piano. So as the soon-to-be star grew older, she relished the opportunities to perform at venues around Marlton. Grimmie was educated locally, too, eventually becoming a student at her hometown’s Cherokee High School – where she joined the choir, of course.