Following Christina Grimmie shooting, Orlando venue the Plaza Live suspends all concerts
Following the fatal shooting of popular The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie following a concert in Orlando Friday night, the venue where the incident took place, the Plaza Live, has suspended all concerts on its calendar.
"Like everyone else in the community, the board and staff at the Plaza Live Venue are deeply saddened by the tragic events of Friday evening," the venue wrote on Facebook. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost as well as those who witnessed and aided in the recovery after this senseless act."
The venue stated that all events "have been suspended until further notice," starting with a concert by Kidz Bop on Saturday night. Other concerts slated for this month included Yacht Rock Review on June 16, Buckcherry on June 23 and Jim Norton on June 24. Down the line, the Plaza Live had concerts booked by Zakk Wylde, Cannibal Corpse, Gojira, Keb' Mo' and Kenny G.
Police said Grimmie, 22, was shot by Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, during a post-show meet-and-greet with fans following her performance Friday with the band Before You Exit. Loibl, police said, then shot and killed himself. The Plaza Live staff referred specific questions about the incident to the Orlando Police Department.
"Grief counselors will be provided to the involved staff and we will be partnering with our concert promoter to support the artists and their families as appropriate," the venue wrote. "We appreciate everyone's understanding and support during this traumatic time."
-- Jay Cridlin