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Christina Grimmie Greeted Gunman With 'Arms Open Wide,' Witness Says

Christina Grimmie Greeted Gunman With 'Arms Open Wide,' Witness Says

A concert goer is opening up about witnessing the fatal shooting of singer Christina Grimmie on Friday (June 10) in Orlando, Fla.

Destiny Rivera spoke to People and claimed she stood in line behind identified shooter Kevin James Loibl at the meet and greet, even making eye contact.

She noted that he “didn’t look like he was up for a conversation,” and looked “a little bit nervous.”

When it was Kevin’s turn to meet Christina, she greeted him with “her arms open wide ready to greet him, as she would any of her other friends with such enthusiasm,” just before he opened fire.

Destiny also noted that security didn’t check everyone’s bags.

“Our other friend actually did have a bag and, just ordinary force of habit, was unzipping her bag and getting ready to show him, and he was like, ‘no, you’re fine, you’re good. Just go,’ ” she said.

Destiny posted a statement to Facebook after the incident thanking Christina’s brother Mark for heroically tackling the shooter.

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  • Leyzzle Swizzle

    oh s*it. I don’t wanna cry again thinking about it

  • dalovelee

    I hope that vile monster rots in hell…and celebrities must stop those meet and greets now.

  • hauntedlove 3

    Agree with the rotting in hell, however stopping meet and greets is not the answer. Upping Security, Pat downs and Metal Detectors are needed for every celebrity event. Unfortunately it has to take something tragic as this to make these changes happen. #RIPChristina

  • Roscoe

    If the security guy was just waiving through people and collecting an unearned paycheck, he should never work in security again or in any other profession in which people’s lives can be in jeopardy if he decides to neglect his duties.

  • marsshmallow

    Humanity fails a good person like her

  • dalovelee

    Yeah but the pat downs only means the lunatics may try still and then end up killing security or innocent bystanders. Why should their security take a bullet for something unnecessary. Those small budget new pop star management teams are never going to hire SWAT teams to prevent people armed to the teeth.

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