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VidCon tightens security in wake of Christina Grimmie shooting

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This year’s VidCon, which kicks off June 23, is tightening its security following the death of Christina Grimmie, who was shot and killed during a meet and greet after her Friday show in Orlando, Florida.

VidCon announced in a statement Tuesday that it will add additional law enforcement, as well as undercover police officers, in the wake of both Grimmie’s murder and the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub on Sunday morning that left 49 people dead. The total number of security officers will come to 450, “nearly twice as many as last year.”

Fans will also have to go through metal detectors before entering the Twitter Meet and Greet Hall and will be subject to random bag checks. They’ll also no longer be able to approach featured creators after panels.

“This sucks; obviously, we don’t want to build a wall between creators and their communities, but it is unfortunately necessary,” the statement says. “As in all years we want VidCon to be fun, but you can’t have fun without being safe, and the VidCon Team is committed to making sure that everyone’s safety is the number one priority.”

See the full statement below.