Warrant: Man in fatal shooting might have targeted YouTube stars

Gavin Free and Megan Turney appearing on You Tube together.                  YouTube

Gavin Free, best known as one of the Slow Mo Guys, and Meg Turney, a cosplayer and vlogger, were at home in Austin, Texas, when a man with a gun broke into their home at 3 a.m.at the end of January.

An armed man drove 11 hours to break into the home of two YouTube personalities, forcing them to hide in a closet until police arrived and shot the home invader dead.

Giles, who had driven 11 hours from New Mexico, returned to his auto where he was confronted by police.

Austin detectives had been investigating Giles and had a search warrant for his home.

"Based upon these notations, it was apparent that Giles developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success", the warrant says.

Giles was described as "single, lonely and disturbed", according to police.

Christopher Gilles a 23 year old X-box geek and self absorbed YouTube fan has been identified as the individual who was fatally shot at the hands of police after "bursting" into the Texas home of a Youtube celebrity couple he'd become infatuated with.

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According to police, Giles died at the scene. 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. The medical examiner stated in an initial report that he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Free, originally from the United Kingdom, meanwhile, is the co-creator of a YouTube channel called 'The Slo Mo Guys, ' with Daniel Gruchy, which has more than 10 million followers.

Andrew has been in love with video game ever since his brother was forced by their parents to let him watch him and his friends play games like Goldeneye and Super Mario 64.

As an expert in both social media and psychology, she said this case fits well into "Parasocial interaction".

Megan tweeted, "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".

"It's been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing OK", Free wrote to his followers on Twitter.

Gavin: Uh, just a massive thanks for all the support online. I want to give a huge thanks to [the Austin Police] for the awesome response time. Both got their start, and met, while employees at Rooster Teeth.

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