Gunman targeted YouTube couple in home invasion

16 February, 2018, 06:57 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • YouTubers Gavin Free and Meg Turney Speak Out About Horrific Attempt on Their Lives     
                    
          by Mike Kent

A few days ago, YouTube personalities Gavin Free and Meg Turney were targeted in their Austin, Texas home by a disturbed fan.

According to a police report, the reported gunman, Christopher Giles, drove 11 hours from his home in New Mexico to the home of Turney, a Texas native, YouTube content creator, and well-known cosplayer, and Free, an English content creator that Giles was allegedly fixated on killing.

At around 3:40 a.m. on January 26, Turney called 9-1-1 to report that she and her boyfriend, Free, were awakened by the sound of a gunshot followed by breaking glass.

Giles, who had driven 11 hours from New Mexico, returned to his vehicle where he was confronted by police. Giles searched the home and couldn't find the victims, so he made a decision to leave.

Free echoed similar sentiments, writing: "Hey everyone".

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Referencing the recordings on Giles's phone, the affidavit read, "Based upon these notations, it was apparent that Giles developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success".

The intruder, Christopher Giles, was described by law enforcement as an obsessed viewer who was fixated on Turney and wanted Free "to die alone, with no children'". He fired his gun, causing the couple to call the authorities.

Every celebrity's biggest nightmare became a reality for two high profile YouTubers when an armed man broke into their house with intent to harm them.

When police arrived at the scene, they pronounced Giles dead at the scene.

Free and Turney did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but both tweeted about the incident this week. Giles was killed, and the Travis County medical examiner has not determined whether the wound was self-inflicted.

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A search of Giles's home led to further evidence of his lonely, isolated existence, most of which was spent playing video-games and watching YouTube videos related to the same.

Gavin: Uh, just a massive thanks for all the support online.

"Thank y'all so, so much for each and every kind message today and a special thank you to the Austin Police for their quick response that night and their ongoing support during this hard time".

Free and Turney are most famous for their roles at Rooster Teeth productions, where they've worked on various different shows over the last decade.

Thank y'all so, so much for each and every kind message today and a special thank you to the @Austin_Police for their quick response that night and their ongoing support during this hard time.

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