Last month, YouTubers Gavin Free and Megan Turney narrowly survived an armed break-in. While neither has issued a public statement, it seems they had to hide in a closet as an armed, deranged fan searched their home. The man eventually left the house and died in a confrontation with the police. While Youtube has paid a lot of attention to the actions of Logan Paul, it appears these YouTubers have managed to avoid the spotlight following such an event.
For those unfamiliar with this couple, both of the aforementioned are popular on YouTube. Free, former creative director of Rooster Teeth, also co-created the Slow Mo Guys series on Youtube. Turney is a well-known cosplayer, Twitch streamer, and member of Rooster Teeth. Reportedly, the perpetrator, Christopher Giles, was an “avid player of video games and was known for watching YouTube videos that were center on his hobby” to the point that he developed feelings for Turney and resentment for Free.
Apparently, Giles broke into their home in the early hours of January 26, and he fired at least one shot doing so. Failing to find the couple, he attempted to leave but was blocked by police. Reportedly, a gunshot was heard, and one of the officers shot at the vehicle. Giles was discovered dead with a .45 caliber handgun, and a preliminary examination suggested he committed suicide. However, that ruling isn’t official as of yet.
Giles’ cell phone further revealed his resentment for Free, as he had recorded thoughts such as “I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.” Moreover, the cell phone contained tons of evidence, specifically naming Free and Turney several times. It would seem that Giles had some form of gaming disorder, although that does not appear to be known at this time.
Sadly, it is noteworthy that this violent incident is not a single case. Criminal violence in connection with video games, it seems, has been occurring a lot lately, such as this recent ‘swatting’ incident in Wichita, Kansas. Luckily, it appears that Free and Turney escaped physical harm, which is something that can make entire gaming community grateful.