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20-year-old YouTuber shot and killed during 'prank' robbery attempt with butcher knife
20-year-old YouTuber shot and killed during 'prank' robbery attempt with butcher knife
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While trying to film a 'prank' robbery video in the hopes to create a viral hit on YouTube, a 20-year-old man was shot and killed in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday night. According to a report by local NBC News affiliate WSMV, Timothy Wilks was shot by 23-year-old David Starnes Jr., who is claiming self-defense.

Police say that Wilks and a friend approached a group of people, both of them wielding butcher knives. Starnes was among those people and, not realizing that Wilks was filming a prank, shot him. Starnes told detectives he was protecting himself and others from a perceived threat.