A popular Youtuber, who is known for traveling to low income Black neighborhoods to “prank” people, has been shot and killed on Friday 5th February 2021, 20-year-old YouTuber Timothy Wilks was shot dead after his failed prank for his channel. However, Timothy Wilks apparently approached a group of people while carrying butchers’ knives, and was shot and killed.
A man appears to have been shot and killed by mistake as he was making a “prank” robbery video for YouTube.
Police in Nashville, Tennessee, said they were called to the car park of Urban Air Trampoline When they arrived, David Starnes Jr, 23, admitted shooting 20-year-old Timothy Wilks, officers said.
Witnesses told detectives that while Mr Wilks and a friend were making the video, they approached a group of people, including Mr Starnes, carrying butchers’ knives.
Mr Starnes apparently said he was unaware of the prank and shot Mr Wilks to defend himself and the people he was with.
An investigation has begun and no one has been charged with Mr Wilks’s death.
YouTuber pranks used to be huge a few years ago, such as channels like Pranks vs Pranks, Roman Atwood and FouseyTube. As time goes on, YouTubers have slowly gotten riskier with their videos, hoping to go viral, so much that some have attempted life-threatening stunts.
Most recently, YouTuber Timothy Wilks partipated in a robbery prank in Nashville, Tennessee, resulting in his death.
This isn’t the first time a creator has been killed for the sake of ‘entertainment’. In 2017, when a female YouTuber fatally shot her boyfriend. Two years later, a prank by the Stokes Twins resulted in an Uber driver being held at gunpoint.
FEBRUARY 2021: TIMOTHY WILKS
Timothy Wilks was shot and killed in the parking lot of Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Nashville. The YouTuber and his friend allegedly approached a group with butcher knives.
He was reportedly shot dead in defense by 23-year-old David Starnes Jr. and claimed that he was unaware that it was a prank.
At the time of writing, no arrests have been made and the police are still investigating whether the shooting was truly self-defense and whether David had a gun permit.
Timothy’s friend was reportedly unharmed.
Since hearing of the news, the internet has been scouring the web for the YouTube channel to find more information about Timothy. No channel has been identified as the 20-year-old’s official platform.