Warrant: Man in fatal shooting might have targeted YouTube stars

Megan Turney and Gavin Free are popular You Tube stars

Megan Turney and Gavin Free are popular You Tube stars

A search of Giles' cellphone revealed disturbing messages, including threatening thoughts, were recorded by Giles and directed toward Free, including "I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children".

According to police, authorities received a call from Turney at around 3:40 a.m. on January 26 reporting that she and Free had been awoken by the sound of a gunshot and glass breaking.

Police arrived at the scene ten minutes later and an initial report from the medical examiner suggested Giles died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

The Albuquerque Journal reported a warrant searching Giles' mobile phone and other electronics, which was filed with a New Mexico state court last week, returned more than a thousand notes about the YouTube couple.

Christopher Eric Giles allegedly broke into the YouTube stars' home in an attempt to murder the boyfriend, police said. Surveillance video showed Giles enter the home, and "based on the footage seen, it was apparent that Giles' sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there", the search warrant continued.

The man, who police later discovered had driven eleven hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico, turned out to be a deranged fan of Turney, a popular vlogger and video game streamer with over 340K subscribers.

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"Single, lonely, and disturbed", was how police described the man in question, named as Christopher Giles. Turney also developed an Instagram following over the years with 547,000 followers. Free co-created and co-hosts the YouTube-based series "The Slow Mo Guys". After hearing the gunshot, the officer fired back, killing the suspect, according to Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay.

By the time the police arrived - which Free estimates was just four minutes later - Giles had given up searching for the couple, and had returned to his vehicle in an attempt to drive away.

Turney reiterated Free sentiments in a separate tweet. The discovery led police to conclude that Giles had "developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success".

Nothing was stolen from the couple's house, the warrant says.

The couple thanked their social media following for their support over the incident. I want to give a huge thanks to @Austin_Police for the fantastic response time.

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