A man obsessed with two YouTubers drove to Texas from New Mexico, intent on finding them.
Christopher Eric Giles illegally entered the home of prominent YouTubers Meg Turney and Gavin Free, armed with a gun, in the middle of the night. Police say he was fond of Turney, but was seemingly unhappy with her boyfriend, Free, and was there to “cause harm” to someone.
Dallas News reports: Christopher Eric Giles was obsessed with Meg Turney and Gavin Free, so he made the 11-hour drive from Albuquerque to Austin last month to seek them out.
Free, 29, and Turney, 30, were awakened around 3:40 a.m. that day by a gunshot and breaking glass.
They hid in a closet once they realized someone was in their home on Avenue G in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
Officers who later reviewed security video wrote that “it was apparent that Giles’ sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there,” KXAN-TV reported.
Giles’ cellphone revealed his apparent motives for being at the house, police said.
Police said that a number of notes showed that the gunman had clearly “developed a fondness of Turney,” who posts YouTube videos about anime, cosplay and relationship advice, KXAN reported.
At the same time, he resented her boyfriend, whose YouTube videosmake prominent use of slow-motion, “for his lifestyle and success.”
“I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children,” one note on the phone read.
The report also states: Giles, whom police described in court documents as “single, lonely and disturbed,” left [the home] when he couldn’t find [Free and Turney]. Officers arrived as he was backing out of the driveway — and, after a brief exchange of gunfire, he was shot dead.
Although Giles had fired his gun inside the home, Free and Turney were unhurt.
Gavin and Free responded to the incident in separate tweets:
Hey everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident. It’s been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok. I want to give a huge thanks to @Austin_Police for the amazing response time. ❤ you all.
— Gavin Free (@GavinFree) February 13, 2018
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 difficult time. Heart you guys so much. ♥️
— Meg Turney (@megturney) February 13, 2018