Riverbend officials talk security measures after Christina Grimmie's shooting death
Singer Christina Grimmie was shot while signing autographs. Police say the singer's brother tackled the gunman, who then shot and killed himself during the struggle. Riverbend security officials tell Channel 3, the event had an impact on how they handle the security of performers.
Another senseless murder in Orlando happened Friday night when a former contestant on NBC'S "The Voice" was shot and killed after her concert.
Singer Christina Grimmie was shot while signing autographs. Police say the singer's brother tackled the gunman, who then shot and killed himself during the struggle.
Riverbend security officials tell Channel 3, the event had an impact on how they handle the security of performers.
Organizers say they already go above and beyond to ensure safety for everyone who is attending Riverbend and with nearly 100 artists visiting the Scenic City this week, they aren't taking any chances.
" She's awesome, she loved this town, she loved this state, she loved singing, she loved the Lord and she loved me," said Christina's brother Mark Grimmie. "She was just my baby sister."
Family and friends gathered to honor Christina Grimmie's life and legacy Monday night, in her home town of Evesham Township, New Jersey. Her brother Mark is now speaking out about his little sister's big heart.
The former voice contestant was shot and killed by a deranged fan during an autograph signing in Orlando. Police identified the gunman as 27-year-old Kevin Loibel. They say he drove at least 2 hours to Orlando, to carry it out his plan.
"Witnesses say that she was arms opened wide so she had no idea and she treated everybody the same," said Mark Grimmie.
Riverbend officials say they are aware of the incident.
"Of course when things happen around the country it makes all of us in the event business look at it and say okay what are we planning, what happened there, how can we do better," said Chip Baker who is the Executive Director of Friends of the Festival.
The festival's plan is elaborate and it's always changing. Each artist has a personal security team of their own with trained officers watching everybody's move.
"Yea, the planning is year round and we are already working on ideas for next year. As it relates to security, we have a great team," said Baker.
Some artists are first picked up at secret drop off locations, while others travel to the stage by private bus, van, golf cart or boat. Organizers encourage concert goers to look out for each other.
If you see something, say something and an officer will be there to help.
Tuesday night's show features For King and Country on the Coke stage, the show starts at 9 pm.