On April 28, 2000, Grimmage left his fiancť and newly born baby girl at the hospital to run errands. While at his apartment on SE 3rd Avenue, he was shot once in the chest with a 32 caliber gun in the front yard.

"Every birthday I have to think about how he died the same day I was born," Katlyn says.

Detectives believe Kevin was shot in cold blood for his car: a customized 1992 Mitsubishi Diamante.

On Friday, April 28, 2000 at approximately 1:27 am, the body of Kevin Grimmage, a 27 year old black male, was located at his home of 1315 SE 3 Ave. He had just been shot and left in his front yard. A neighbor advised she heard loud music and then a scuffle. She looked out the window and saw the victim fighting with two B/Mís. When she went to call 911 she heard a gunshot and ran to the window and saw the victimís vehicle driving off. The victim was found with a single gunshot wound to the chest. His vehicle, a 1992 Mitsubishi Diamante, chameleon colored, FL tag #417BGW, was stolen by suspects at the scene. It was recovered in Reddick, Florida. It had been set on fire and was still smoldering. The stereo, amp and wheels were missing.
From 2007:

The April 28 murder of a Gainesville man may be connected to some recent carjackings in Marion County in which expensive rims, stereos and other items were stripped before the cars were burned...

Similar carjackings occurred in Marion County on March 15 and May 5, but the victims were released by the carjackers.