YouTube star couple targeted by gunman in home invasion attack

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Gavin Free and Meg Turney

A New Mexico man who was obsessed with a famous YouTube couple was shot and killed after breaking into the couple's home and forcing them to hide in the closet and call 911.

Giles reportedly fired gunshots inside and outside of the house, causing police to return fire. Giles was found dead in his vehicle by the authorities, after a shootout with police as he tried to leave the couple's driveway. No available records say what they found on those electronics, and Albuquerque and Austin police declined to comment on the case. Examiners are still trying to determine if the wound was self-inflicted. They say they expect to find "evidence related to the planned burglary and homicide" and describe him as an avid YouTube viewer who was "single, lonely and disturbed".

Free and Turney tweeted to thank Austin Police following the incident.

Investigators later found that Giles had "developed a fondness" for 30-year-old Turney, but despised Free. The couple hid in their closet and stayed on the line with dispatchers.

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In a press briefing the day of the shooting, Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Troy Gay said that two officers were there but that only one fired. When the deputies searched the vehicle, they found a handgun in the suspect's hand, and a New Mexico driver's license with Giles' name and photo on it. 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.

Albuquerque detectives said Giles lived alone, and often played video games and watched YouTube videos. 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. They also said nothing had been stolen from the property.

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

Ms Turney added: "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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