Gunman targeted YouTube couple in home invasion

Gavin Free Megan Turney YouTube

Further, police said that "threatening thoughts were recorded by Giles and directed toward" Gavin Free on the suspect's cellphone, with messages such as, "I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children". Both Free and Turney hid in a closet and called 911 after the man entered their house.

The official ruling on cause of death is pending but investigators believe Giles died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Armed with the warrant, police searched Giles' house on January 29 and seized two cellphones, a laptop, two tablets and an Xbox gaming system, Albuquerque court documents show. The fan, Christopher Giles, was later killed during a standoff with the police.

According to a police report, the "single, lonely and disturbed" man from neighbouring New Mexico drove 11 hours to reach the couple's home.

The two internet personalities are known for posting lively videos on YouTube that give fans a glimpse into their home life together. 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.

His cell phone was full of notes describing his affection for Turney, and an intense dislike of Free.

Following the incident, both Turney and Free took to Twitter to thank Ausitn Police. Giles had become enamored with Turney after watching various vlogs of hers.

Her British boyfriend, 29, co-hosts a YouTube video series of slow-motion videos entitled The Slow Mo Guys. The driver, later identified as 23-year-old Cristopher Eric Giles, of the vehicle fired a single gunshot, prompting officers to return fire. Police arrived within 10 minutes and the man was fatally shot in the couple's driveway.

Turney reiterated Free sentiments in a separate tweet. Apparently, Giles had "developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success", according to the search warrant.

"Hey everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident". I want to give a huge thanks to @Austin_Police for the incredible response time. "It's been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok".

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