St. Pete gunman was obsessed with “The Voice” singer

File photo via AP Images for Humane Society of The United States
File photo via AP Images for Humane Society of The United States

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A friend of the St. Petersburg man who fatally shot “The Voice” singer said the suspect was fixated on her.

According to a newly-released police report, suspected shooter Kevin Loibl lost weight, had eye surgery and got hair implants to improve his appearance for deceased “The Voice” singer Christina Grimmie.

Loibl’s friend, Cory Dennington, said the suspect constantly monitored Grimmie on social media and watched all of her YouTube videos.

Loibl and Dennington worked together at a Best Buy store in St. Petersburg and Loibl described himself as the suspect’s only friend.

Dennington shared his concerns about Loibl’s obsession with their Best Buy boss, Luke Dahl.

Dahl told detectives he saw Loibl watching the singer’s YouTube videos at work, but never spoke with him about his behavior.

Dahl placed Loibl in the back of the store to work on computers, so he wouldn’t have to interact with customers. Dahl described Loibl as “socially awkward, detached.”

Detectives said 27-year-old Loibl had no previous criminal history. He lived at home with his father and brother, who told detectives they didn’t know of Loibl’s obsession with the singer. The suspect’s father, Paul Loibl, told detectives his son “lived like hermit,” rarely leaving his room besides going to work.

Fans and loved ones said goodbye to Grimmie last week in Medford, New Jersey where her family lived before moving to Southern California.


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