Fame has its consequences. YouTube stars Megan Turney and Gavin Free were forced to hide in their closet and call 911 last month after a fan armed with a handgun broke into their home. Within ten minutes, he was fatally shot by police in the couple’s driveway.
If you’re not familiar with the pair, here’s a peek at the couple trying a plethora of Japanese KitKat flavors:
Back to business.
According to The Albuquerque Journal, the intruder was mega fan Christopher Giles, described as “single, lonely and disturbed”— with an unusual infatuation with Turney’s videos. Giles drove 11 hours from New Mexico to the couple’s home in Austin. The YouTubers were woken at 3:40am on January 26th by “the sound of breaking glass and a gunshot”.
An Austin detective wrote in court documents that,
A search of Giles’ cellular phone identified various notations identifying Megan Turney and Gavin Free by name. Furthermore, threatening statements were recorded by Giles and directed toward Gavin Free, for example:
‘I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.’
Detectives searching Giles’ home say he was gamer and YouTube streamer. They seized a number of items (“two cellphones, a laptop, two tablets and an XBox gaming system”) as evidence, and “believe that evidence related to the planned burglary and homicides of Megan Turney and Gavin Free will be found.”
Neither Turney or Free were harmed during the incident.