Keith Ratliff dead: FPSRussia YouTube channel producer shot in apparent homicide
A producer behind a popular gun enthusiast YouTube channel was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head at his business last week.
Police in Georgia are investigating the apparent homicide of Keith Ratliff, a 32-year-old Franklin County resident.
“It’s really heartbreaking, and everything I see, or any kind of memorable thing — I mean, I just break down,” Amanda Ratliff, the victim’s wife, told MyFoxAtlanta. “He had such a life to live, and such a good life to live, and things to look forward to.”
Authorities found multiple weapons at the scene of the crime, some manufactured by Ratliff himself, WSBTV reports. Investigators have not identified a motive.
Ratliff worked mostly behind the scenes to produce videos for the YouTube channelFPSRussia, a site dedicated to showcasing high-power firearms. FPSRussia — which commands nearly 3.5 million subscribers and has generated over 500 million page views — is one of the top 10 channels ranked on YouTube.
In addition to his contributions to FPSRussia, Ratliff also worked for FPS Industries, a company focussing on “product development and testing for hard use firearms shooters,” according to its website. FPS Industries is located in Carnesville, Ga.
Police are continuing their hunt for the killer of the highly popular YouTube channel operator whose site is dedicated to high-powered guns and explosives.
Investigators have ruled out robbery as a motive in the murder of Keith Ratliff, who was a business partner at FPSRussia, YouTube’s ninth most popular channel with more than three million active subscribers and a half billion total views.
Ratliffe, 32, was discovered dead in his office that was connected to a residence in Carnesville, Georgia.
‘He [Ratliff] did sustain a gunshot wound that was not self-inflicted,’ Mike Ayers of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told FoxNews.com.
Police have determined the caliber of gun used to kill Ratliff, but Ayers declined to specify the weapon.
He said investigators are ‘actively interviewing people and seeking leads’ and that the case is ‘progressing.’
When authorities made the grisly discovery on Jan. 3, they noticed there were several guns near Ratliff, according to a local radio station report.
‘For him not to pull out that gun and try to defend himself, he had to feel comfortable around somebody. Either that or he was ambushed,’ said Ratliff’s heartbroken widow, Amanda.
‘You know, it just doesn’t really add up,’ she told a television station.
‘We all want to know and we all want justice to be done,’ Amanda says. ‘He had way to much to look forward to in his life.’
Amanda said their two-year-old son is having a terrible time adjusting to life without his father.
‘It was really hard. To know that he’s going to go the rest of his life without his dad,’ Amanda said, as their child, Jayden, clutched a picture of his dad that was taken on Christmas Eve.
Besides running the YouTube channel, Ratliff was also the owner of FPS Industries, which works in customized weaponry.
It is located in Carnesville, which is about a 90 minute drive from Atlanta.
Ratliff, whose family lived in Frankfort, Kentucky, with his family, wrote on his LinkedIn profile about his company, ‘After a life of loving firearms and computers. I have combined both into one great new business that offers both viral marketing and quality firearms from one place.’
firstly i dont agree with reports of so called “viper” death squads..thats a sorcha faal piece..but this is quite significant..
FPS is short-hand for first person shooter amongst video gamers..
the 9th biggest channel on youtube..this was a big fish amongst the gun industry in america..
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