Tuesday afternoon the identity of the woman who shot up YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California was revealed to be 39-year-old Nasim Aghdam. But just who was she and what motivated her to commit a mass shooting that targeted YouTube? Here is everything we know about the YouTube shooter so far.
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39-year-old Nasim Najafi Aghdam was a Persian YouTuber who considered herself an animal rights activist and a "female vegan bodybuilder promoting healthy and humane living." Aghdam was born in Iran and from an early age, she refused to eat meat or wear animal fur leading her to become a "humanitarian" who is concerned about animal welfare.
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Aghdam even ran her own website which was dedicated to topics such as animal rights issues and veganism. Along with music videos by Michael Jackson and interviews with former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Aghdam had numerous videos depicting animal cruelty such as being skinned or buried alive. Among her many bizarre social media posts were videos depicting the health risks of anal sex and photos of her holding various animals like a chicken and a rabbit.
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Dozens of photos from her social media accounts show Aghdam was an avid activist who often attended protests against animal cruelty. She didn't gain any real attention until April 3, 2018, when she drove to the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California and shot three people before turning her handgun on herself.
Aghdam created her primary YouTube channel on September 19, 2010, where she gained over 1.5 million total views and had over 4,500 subscribers. In her channel's "About" section, Aghdam said she was the first to produce a Persian TV commercial and music video. Her music video was titled "Do You Dare" and featured themes centralized around animal rights activism and veganism.
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She also owned a second YouTube channel where she posted content in Turkish. Aghdam's second channel had over 2.3 million views and over 10,000 subscribers. In 2016, Aghdam began noticing many of her videos had been demonetized by YouTube. She even wrote a short manifesto in response to the demonetization and her content frequently featured rants about being censored by YouTube.
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April 3, 2018, Aghdam approached an outdoor patio and dining area at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California and opened fire with a handgun. Nobody at the facility knew who she was since she did not have an ID badge but was carrying a purse. Aghdam got about 30 to 40 shots off before she turned the gun on herself taking her own life.
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According to law enforcement, Aghdam was wearing dark clothing and a headscarf during the shooting. The motivation for her attack seems to be tied to her many YouTube accounts which have seen a decline in viewership over the last several months.
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