PANTERA has issued a statement calling out the concert industry for not doing more to prevent future tragedies in the wake of the shooting death of Christina Grimmie.
On Friday (June 10), Grimmie, a former contestant on NBC‘s “The Voice”, was shot and killed following her performance in Orlando, Florida. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Kevin Loibl of St. Petersburg, Florida, didn’t appear to know Christina personally and is believed to have traveled to Orlando specifically to attack her and then fatally shot himself.
The manner in which Grimmie was murdered struck a chord with PANTERA, whose guitarist, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, was killed onstage more than a decade ago.
Earlier today (Sunday, June 12), PANTERA released the following statement via the band’s official Facebook page:
“We are so sad and disappointed to hear that Christina Grimmie was gunned down the same way that Dimebag Darrell was. After Dime‘s murder, we all prayed that our industry (i.e. club owners & promoters) would do whatever they needed to do to protect artists from gun wielding fanatics. Sadly, that’s not the case and another rising star had to pay the consequences with her life. SOMETHING NEEDS TO CHANGE! RIP Christina & RIP Dime, Jeff Thompson, Erin Halk, and Nathan Bray.”
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