Popular YouTubers and real-life couple Gavin Free and Meg Turney were the victims of a home invasion after an armed man broke into their house. The gunman, 23-year-old Christopher Giles, was reportedly shot dead by police after forcibly entering the home on Jan. 26. Giles was allegedly obsessed with Meg, and apparently drove more than 11 hours from New Mexico to Austin, TX, in an effort to see her.
After Meg and Gavin heard the sound of breaking glass and a gunshot in the middle of the night, the two quickly hid in their closet and called police. The gunman was reportedly killed after he shot at officers responding to the scene. Authorities describe Giles as “single, lonely, and disturbed.” According to detectives, “Based on the footage seen it was apparent that Giles’ sole intent was to cause harm to someone who resides there.”
Police documents reveal that Giles had many notes on his phone detailing his obsession with Meg and his hatred towards her boyfriend. Meg and Gavin’s relationship has been well-documented on YouTube as the two often appear in videos together. According to the search warrant, Giles “developed a fondness of Turney yet resented Free for his lifestyle and success.” The notes on his phone reportedly said things like, “I want Gavin Free to die alone, with no children.”
Hey everyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident. It’s been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok. I want to give a huge thanks to @Austin_Police for the amazing response time. ❤️ you all.
— Gavin Free (@GavinFree) February 13, 2018
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 difficult time. Heart you guys so much. ♥️
— Meg Turney (@megturney) February 13, 2018
While the incident happened at the end of last month, it wasn’t until recently that the couple addressed it on social media. “Hey everyone,” Gavin wrote on his Twitter. “I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern regarding the recent incident. It’s been a rough time for Meg and myself the last few weeks but we are doing ok. I want to give a huge thanks to [the Austin Police] for the amazing response time. [Love] you all.”
Meg echoed a similar sentiment. “Thank y’all so, so much for each and every kind message today,” she wrote on Twitter. “A special thank you to the [Austin Police] for their quick response that night and their ongoing support during this difficult time. Heart you guys so much.” We hope the couple will be able to get back to normal soon.