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'Obsessed' fan dead after breaking into YouTube couple's home

14 February 2018, 05:44 | Mandy Simon

ABQ man targeted YouTube celebrities

YouTube celebrity couple targeted by 'disturbed' gunman who broke into their home with 'intent to harm'

The duo were forced to call Austin Police from the enclosed space after the man, identified as New Mexico local Christopher Giles, fired at least one round in their home in the early hours of Monday morning (local time).

YouTube stars Gavin Free and Meg Turney were the target of an armed home invasion, that resulted in the death of the intruder.

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.

Giles left when he couldn't locate the couple, only to find Austin police officers waiting for him. The suspect died on the scene, but according to KXAN, a pending investigation will determine whether he was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot or an officer. After an exchange of gunfire with police he died in the couple's drive. Police described him as "single, lonely and disturbed", in the search warrant.

Free and Turney have big YouTube followings, and Giles was a "disturbed" fan.

He "developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success" a detective wrote in court documents seen by the Albuquerque Journal.

Police found several notes in Giles' phone referring to Ms Turney and her boyfriend Mr Free by name.

On January 26, Free and Turney called 911, hiding in a closet while the intruder searched the home. At least one round was sacked in the house as he searched the house.

Albuquerque Police Department detectives who executed a search warrant on his home in Albuquerque said Giles lived alone and was "an avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos that were centered on his hobby". His phone was full of notes centering on Turney, whose YouTube videos run the gamut from relationship advice to online gaming to her popular "Ask Meg" segment. An officer returned fire.

Both Turney and Free have taken to social media since the news broke to reassure fans.

Turney wrote: "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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