By Jennifer Leighfield • 10 February 2021 • 16:54
CREDIT: YouTube video / Screenshot
A YOUNG YouTuber, Timothy Wilks, was shot dead while recording a prank in which he pretended to be an armed robber.
The 20-year-old wanted to prank several people who were in a park near a shopping centre in Nashville, United States, but it ended tragically.
Wilks and a friend were posing as thieves to capture people’s reactions and later upload them to their YouTube channel. They would rob people using a large knife of the type used in butcher shops, to force them to hand over their belongings, while recording the scene.
David Starnes, who fired the shots, said that he was unaware that it was a joke and that he had shot the ‘youtuber’ to defend himself and the rest of his friends.
An ambulance was called immediately, but once it arrived, the young man was dead.
The police have said in a statement that “when the officers arrived at the scene at 9:25pm, David Starnes Jr, 23, admitted to having shot Wilks”. He was not arrested, but the police have opened an investigation.
The park was full of children at the time, a witness said.
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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