On June 10, 2016, Christina Grimmie was shot and killed as she greeted fans following a performance at Orlando’s Plaza Live theater. The shooter was tackled by Grimmie’s brother, Mark, but the man shot himself and died at the scene. Grimmie’s family then launched a wrongful death lawsuit against the venue where she was killed. The Orlando Sentinel reports that their lawsuit, filed in December, has been thrown out, and the family has 21 days to refile their complaint with clarifying amendments.
The lawsuit targeted tour promoter AEG Live and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Plaza Foundation Inc., accusing them of failing to take adequate security measures. On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Keith White determined that the suit did not make a clear enough distinction between the two parties.
Grimmie’s family is suing for damages of an unspecified number to cover the costs of her medical treatment and funeral, as well as the emotional difficulty of losing her, the psychological toll on her brother, and some part of her future earnings. Grimmie rose to fame while on Season 6 of The Voice, where she was coached by Adam Levine. She also had an large YouTube following. As she was under 25 at the time of her death, Grimmie was still considered a minor according to Florida’s laws about economic damages, and her family may be entitled to some part of her projected income for financial support.