YouTuber Timothy Wilks Fatally SHOT to DEATH During "Fake Robbery Prank"... seriously, I guess this is a thing now

Jonny Llama
  Published on May 25, 2022   
“This…I call Natural Selection, or the Survival of the Fittest”, Charles Darwin Origin of Species

Timothy Wilks was an American YouTuber who was shot to death while filming a "fake robbery prank". Wilks' shooter, 23-year-old David Starnes Jr., was not charged with the shooting.

Bro, It's a Prank


I know this story sounds like something The Onion would cook up, but unfortunately, it really happened.

It was around 9:20pm in early 2021 when Timothy Wilks, 20, and an unidentified friend started the camera. Wilks was desperate for fame and internet clout and the duo thought of the perfect plan to achieve it.

YouTube pranks have been gaining popularity and are becoming more dangerous.

YouTube pranks have been gaining popularity and are becoming more dangerous.


With the camera running (they have not released the actual video), and brandishing butcher knives, the two men approached a crowd leaving the Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Nashville TN.

As the group of friends screamed, Wilks and his buddy yelled, "this is a robbery, give me your fucking money!"

Shell casings litter the parking lot of the Urban Air Trampoline park after Timothy Wilks was shot.

Shell casings litter the parking lot of the Urban Air Trampoline park after Timothy Wilks was shot.

What the two men didn't know was that David Starnes Jr., 23, was a licensed firearm carrier and was actively carrying his gun.

Responding to this prank as well, 2 men threatening his group with butcher knives, Starnes grabbed his firearm and shot Timothy Wilks.

Wilks apparently screamed, "bro, this is a prank, ", but by then the bullets were already out of the chamber and headed his direction.

No charges were ever filed, and police classified the shooting as self defense.

Sources

Grandmother of YouTuber killed in botched prank speaks (The Daily News-Journal 11 Feb 2021)
Would-Be YouTube Prankster Was Shot and Killed While Wielding Butcher Knife in Fake Robbery: Police (Law and Crime)
Police: Man shot, killed in Hermitage after 'prank robbery' for YouTube video went wrong (Tennessean)

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