Fans and Creators Mourn the Death of YouTuber Corey La Barrie
- YouTuber Corey La Barrie died after a car accident in Los Angeles Sunday night.
- La Barrie and the driver, popular tattoo artist Daniel Silva, were believed to have been drinking that night while celebrating La Barrie’s 25th birthday.
- Silva was speeding in a McLaren sports car when he lost control, crashing into a stop sign and tree.
- Police say Silva tried to leave the scene but was stopped by bystanders who came to render aid. He has now been arrested for murder.
Corey La Barrie Dies on 25th Birthday
Fans and fellow content creators are mourning the loss of Corey La Barrie, a 25-year-old YouTuber who died Sunday after a car crash in Los Angeles.
The news was first reported by TMZ on Monday and corroborated by social media posts from his brother, Jarrad La Barrie, and his mother, Lissa Burton.
Burton wrote in her post, “My heart breaks right now, on my sons 25 birthday today he was very drunk and got into a car with a drunk diver. The accident killed him instantly. No words can describe the sadness I feel in loosening a child.”
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My heart breaks right now, on my sons 25 birthday today he was very drunk and got into a car with a drunk diver. The accident killed him instantly. No words can describe the sadness I feel in loosening a child. It just feels so unreal and I’m overwhelmed with grief. I love you so much Corey and will miss you so so much. It’s just so unfair
The Los Angeles Police Department later confirmed in a statement that they had arrested the driver of the vehicle for murder. They identified that individual as Daniel Silva, a popular tattoo artist who has appeared on the show “Ink Master.”
According to the statement, the crash happened at 9:39 p.m. when Silva was speeding in a McLaren sports car and lost control. He then ran off the road and crashed into a stop sign and tree.
Silva also reportedly exited the vehicle and attempted to leave the scene, but he was stopped by citizens who came to help.
La Barrie and Silva were both transported to the hospital for medical treatment, where police said the passenger “succumbed to his injuries.” They did not specify what injuries Silva sustained, but according to TMZ, Silva suffered a broken hip.
TMZ also reported that witnesses saw both men at a party earlier that night celebrating La Barrie’s birthday. The sources said people told police that Silva had been drinking. Authorities did not mention alcohol or a party in their statement about the incident; however, they did title their press release “DUI Fatal Traffic Collision Results in Arrest.”
As far as what happens to Silva, According to NBC News, Silva was in custody Monday night in lieu of $200,000 bail. However, TMZ reported Monday that he was arrested and booked but still in the hospital.
Jail records reviewed by Rogue Rocket show that his bail was set at $2,000,000 and that he was released from custody around 11 a.m. Tuesday, though no other information about the reason or agency he was released to was provided.
Friends and Fans Grieve
La Barrie was a beloved creator in the YouTube community. He had over 300,000 subscribers on his own channel, and over 100,000 on a duo channel with YouTuber Crawford Collins.
He lived with several other creators in the “C4 House” and some might also recognize him as a contestant on “The Reality House,” a series produced by Kian Lawley and JC Caylen where social media stars live under one roof and compete for $25,000.
On the day he passed, La Barrie had been live-streaming his birthday celebration on Twitch. According to the stream, he was also raising money for a new computer while dancing and drinking with friends.
His final tweet was a post thanking people for all of their birthday well wishes.
Following news of his death, La Barry’s name hit the top of the U.S. trending page on Twitter as fans, friends, and fellow creators expressed their grief.
Along with sharing their favorite memories of La Barrie, many are also wearing, sharing images of, and changing their profile pictures to the color blue in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving with the hashtag #BlueForCorey.
See what others are saying: (Insider) (TMZ) (Los Angeles Time)
Schools Across the U.S. Cancel Classes Friday Over Unverified TikTok Threat
Officials in multiple states said they haven’t found any credible threats but are taking additional precautions out of an abundance of safety.
Schools in no fewer than 10 states either canceled classes or increased their police presence on Friday after a series of TikToks warned of imminent shooting and bombs threats.
Despite that, officials said they found little evidence to suggest the threats are credible. It’s possible no real threat was actually ever made as it’s unclear if the supposed threats originated on TikTok, another social media platform, or elsewhere.
“We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok,” TikTok’s Communications team tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Still, given the uptick of school shootings in the U.S. in recent years, many school districts across the country decided to respond to the rumors. According to The Verge, some districts in California, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas shut down Friday.
“Based on law enforcement interviews, Little Falls Community Schools was specifically identified in a TikTok post related to this threat,” one school district in Minnesota said in a letter Thursday. “In conversations with local law enforcement, the origins of this threat remain unknown. Therefore, school throughout the district is canceled tomorrow, Friday, December 17.”
In Gilroy, California, one high school that closed its doors Friday said it would reschedule final exams that were expected to take place the same day to January.
According to the Associated Press, several other districts in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania stationed more police officers at their schools Friday.
Viral Misinformation or Legitimate Warnings?
As The Verge notes, “The reports of threats on TikTok may be self-perpetuating.”
For example, many of the videos online may have been created in response to initial warnings as more people hopped onto the trend. Amid school cancellations, videos have continued to sprout up — many awash with both rumors and factual information.
“I’m scared off my ass, what do I do???” one TikTok user said in a now-deleted video, according to People.
“The post is vague and not directed at a specific school, and is circulating around school districts across the country,” Chicago Public Schools said in a letter, though it did not identify any specific post. “Please do not re-share any suspicious or concerning posts on social media.”
According to Dr. Amy Klinger, the director of programs for the nonprofit Educator’s School Safety Network, “This is not 2021 phenomenon.”
Instead, she told The Today Show that her network has been tracking school shooting threats since 2013, and she noted that in recent years, they’ve become more prominent on social media.
“It’s not just somebody in a classroom of 15 people hearing someone make a threat,” she said. “It’s 15,000 people on social media, because it gets passed around and it becomes larger and larger and larger.”
See what others are saying: (The Verge) (Associated Press) (People)
Jake Paul Says He “Can’t Get Cancelled” as a Boxer
The controversial YouTuber opened up about what it has been like to go from online fame to professional boxing.
The New Yorker Profiles Jake Paul
YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul talked about his career switch, reputation, and cancel culture in a profile published Monday in The New Yorker.
While Paul rose to fame as the Internet’s troublemaker, he now spends most of his time in the ring. He told the outlet that one difference between YouTube and boxing is that his often controversial reputation lends better to his new career.
“One thing that is great about being a fighter is, like, you can’t get cancelled,” Paul said. The profile noted that the sport often rewards and even encourages some degree of bad behavior.
“I’m not a saint,” Paul later continued. “I’m also not a bad guy, but I can very easily play the role.”
Paul also said the other difference between his time online and his time in boxing is the level of work. While he says he trains hard, he confessed that there was something more challenging about making regular YouTube content.
“Being an influencer was almost harder than being a boxer,” he told The New Yorker. “You wake up in the morning and you’re, like, Damn, I have to create fifteen minutes of amazing content, and I have twelve hours of sunlight.”
Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury
The New Yorker profile came just after it was announced over the weekend Paul will be fighting boxer Tommy Fury in an 8-round cruiserweight fight on Showtime in December.
“It’s time to kiss ur last name and ur family’s boxing legacy goodbye,” Paul tweeted. “DEC 18th I’m changing this wankers name to Tommy Fumbles and celebrating with Tom Brady.”
Both Paul and Fury are undefeated, according to ESPN. Like Paul, Fury has found fame outside of the sport. He has become a reality TV star in the U.K. after appearing on the hit show “Love Island.”
See what others are saying: (The New Yorker) (Dexerto) (ESPN)
Hackers Hit Twitch Again, This Time Replacing Backgrounds With Image of Jeff Bezos
The hack appears to be a form of trolling, though it’s possible that the infiltrators were able to uncover a security flaw while reviewing Twitch’s newly-leaked source code.
Hackers targeted Twitch for a second time this week, but rather than leaking sensitive information, the infiltrators chose to deface the platform on Friday by swapping multiple background images with a photo of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
According to those who saw the replaced images firsthand, the hack appears to have mostly — and possibly only — affected game directory headers. Though the incident appears to be nothing more than a surface-level prank, as Amazon owns Twitch, it could potentially signal greater security flaws.
For example, it’s possible the hackers could have used leaked internal security data from earlier this week to discover a network vulnerability and sneak into the platform.
The latest jab at the platforms came after Twitch assured its users it has seen “no indication” that their login credentials were stolen during the first hack. Still, concerns have remained regarding the potential for others to now spot cracks in Twitch’s security systems.
It’s also possible the Bezos hack resulted from what’s known as “cache poisoning,” which, in this case, would refer to a more limited form of hacking that allowed the infiltrators to manipulate similar images all at once. If true, the hackers likely would not have been able to access Twitch’s back end.
The photo changes only lasted several hours before being returned to their previous conditions.
First Twitch Hack
Despite suspicions and concerns, it’s unclear whether the Bezos hack is related to the major leak of Twitch’s internal data that was posted to 4chan on Wednesday.
That leak exposed Twitch’s full source code — including its security tools — as well as data on how much Twitch has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019.
It also revealed Amazon’s at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library, codenamed Vapor, which would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.
Even though Twitch has said its login credentials appear to be secure, it announced Thursday that it has reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Users are still being urged to change their passwords and update or implement two-factor authentication if they haven’t already.