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YouTube prankster killed while filming video

Timothy Wilks reportedly approached a group of people with butcher knives as part of the 'prank.'


Eilish O'Sullivan


Published Feb 7, 2021   Updated Feb 7, 2021, 8:25 am CST

Timothy Wilks, a 20-year-old man, was fatally shot while filming a prank robbery video for YouTube.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of a string of businesses in Nashville on Friday night, wjhl reported.

Wilks, along with a friend, reportedly approached a group of people with butcher knives during what was supposed to be a “prank robbery.” A person in that group, David Starnes Jr., 23, fatally shot Wilks, NBC News reported. Starnes Jr. told detectives he was unaware of the prank and that he was acting in self-defense of himself and others, according to a statement by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

So far, no charges have been filed. The incident remains under investigation.

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*First Published: Feb 7, 2021, 8:24 am CST