December 21, 2016
The entertainment group and concert venue where New Jersey singer and former “The Voice” contestant Christina Grimmie was gunned down should be held responsible for her death, a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family claims.
The suit, filed Tuesday and obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, claims that the promotional group AEG Live and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Plaza Foundation, which owns The Plaza Live where Grimmie was performing the night of her death, lacked adequate security measures to protect the performer and event attendees.
Grimmie, a 22-year-old native of Marlton in Evesham Township, Burlington County, was performing on the stage at The Plaza Live in Orlando when gunman Kevin Loibl reportedly shot and killed her before killing himself.
Orlando Police reported Loibl entered the venue with a 9 mm Glock handguns, extra ammunition and a knife.
The lawsuit seeks monetary damage for "wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress" while alleging that “the ‘superficial bag checks and lack of metal detectors” allowed Loibl to enter the theater while armed.
The Plaza Live has since added security measures, including a surveillance camera and metal detectors, the Orlando Sentinel said.
Read more at the Orlando Sentinel.