Shooter's family warned police about YouTube grudge

Posted at 11:26 PM, Apr 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 20:35:55-04

MENIFEE, Calif. (KGTV) - The family of the YouTube shooter spoke with 10News Tuesday night in Menifee, heartbroken and unwilling to speak on camera.

They opened the door to tell us that they tried to warn authorities before the shooting, in which police said Nasim Aghdam fired dozens of times and injured three people before killing herself.

"She was a nice person," her brother said. "I mean maybe not today, but she never hurt any creature."

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Aghdam's family said her passion was preaching in favor of vegans and rallying against animal cruelty. In 2009, she was part of a PETA protest in San Diego.

The family says she felt she reached the most people through her YouTube page, but her relationship with the company turned ugly when YouTube changed its filters and she began to lose followers and viewers.



Aghdam's brother said his family began worrying about Nasim over the weekend. She was staying at her grandmother's home in 4S Ranch, but she stopped answering her phone.

The family reported her missing to police.

Their concerns worsened when police told them that her car was found in Mountain View.

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"I Googled 'Mountain View' and it was close to YouTube headquarters, and she had a problem with YouTube," her brother said. "So I called that cop again and told him there’s a reason she went all the way from San Diego to there, so she might do something."

He said police told the family they would keep an eye on her, but 12 hours later, the shooting happened.

"So they didn't do anything and she got killed," her brother said. "And three or four more people got hurt."

Her family said they're not sure why Aghdam decided to confront YouTube on Tuesday, but her birthday is April 4, and she would have turned 39.

Instead of celebrating, they are mourning. 

"It's not easy but it is what it is," her brother said. "I was too late."