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Christopher Giles


AUSTIN, Texas — Court records say a New Mexico man drove nearly 700 miles to Austin, Texas, late last month with a plan to harm two YouTube celebrities with whom he had become obsessed.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a warrant searching Christopher Giles’ cellphone and other electronics returned more than a thousand notes about YouTube stars Gavin Free and Megan Turney.

Giles broke into the couple’s Texas home early on Jan. 26 after shooting out the glass in a door. The couple called police while hiding in a bedroom closet.

When officers arrived, Giles was in his car and backing out of the home’s driveway, reports CBS affiliate KEYE. When they attempted to stop him, Giles reportedly fired his gun, and an officer returned fire.

Giles died from injuries, but the medical examiner has not officially determined whether he died from police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound.

A search warrant issued for Giles’ Albuquerque home and obtained by KEYE said Giles had “developed a fondness” for Turnery and that Giles intended to “cause harm” to Free because he resented him for his lifestyle and success.

Giles lived alone at the Albuquerque apartment, documents said, and police described him as lonely and disturbed. He was reportedly an avid video game player and was known for watching YouTube videos about the hobby.

Giles’ cellphone had recordings directed towards Free, the station reports, and one said, “I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.”

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