Monalisa Perez, 19 and from Minnesota, needed ways to help her YouTube channel gain more exposure. In an attempt to make that happen, Perez agreed to make a YouTube video that would go viral, but sadly things went a little too far. She shot her boyfriend to death while making the YouTube video, but that's not how it was supposed to go.
Pedro Ruiz III, 22 the boyfriend of Monalisa Perez had been wanting to make a video for YouTube where his girlfriend would shoot at a book covering his chest. He had convinced his girlfriend that it would be perfectly safe by showing her another book that he shot without the bullet penetrating all the way through.
Monalisa Perez made a tweet regarding the stunt they were filming which said
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"Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE,"
Pedro Ruiz III held the book up against his chest, asking Perez to shoot at the book in hopes the book would stop the bullet. Perez shot from around a foot away with a .50-caliber Desert Eagle handgun and the unthinkable happened.
Pedro Ruiz III got shot in the chest by his girlfriend and the book did not stop the bullet, killing him in the on the spot. Paramedics said that he died from a single gun shot wound to the chest.
Monalisa Perez quickly made a 911 call to the emergency services after she had made the fatal shot telling them that she had accidentally shot her boyfriend in the chest while they were making the YouTube video.
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Perez, who is seven months pregnant, called 911 on Monday evening, saying she had accidentally shot her boyfriend in the chest while they were making a video, according to the arrest report.
She has been charged with second degree manslaughter. CNN has not been able to reach the public defender assigned to Perez for comment.
"They were in love. They loved each other. It was just a prank gone wrong," Ruiz's aunt, Claudia Ruiz, told CNN affiliate KVLY. "It shouldn't have happened like this. It shouldn't have happened at all." The couple had one child and were expecting their second together, his aunt told the news station.
Perez is 7 months pregnant with the couples second child has been charged with second degree manslaughter and faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted. She is released on bail on the condition she does not possess any firearms, notifies her attorney of her whereabouts, and wears a GPS monitor at all times. She will appear in court on July 5, 2017.
The couple already has a daughter who was present while they were shooting the video. She unfortunately saw the fatal shooting of her Father. The fatal video has not been made public and police will use it as evidence only.
This is a very sad story about people who do crazy things to get famous on the Internet. Unfortunately people want fame on YouTube and feel the need to do crazy and potentially deadly stunts to gain viewers and exposure.
This was exactly the case with Monalisa Perez and Pedro Ruiz III. They wanted to become famous and by doing something very dangerous and it resulted in someone being killed.
This is a prime example of a YouTube stunt gone wrong. It is a very upsetting, but can be used to show the dangers of wanting to do something dangerous to become famous. This is how people can learn that it's not worth it to do extremely risky things.
Would you go this far to become famous on YouTube? I wouldn't. No way! If my viewers were unhappy with my videos, then I would simply call it a day.
Monalisa Perez has to live with her boyfriend's death for the rest of her life. Their daughter has to live with what she saw and this is all because the parents wanted to be famous on YouTube.
Maybe Perez should have stood her ground and told her boyfriend no. Why didn't she? She was adamant in her Tweet to say that it was his idea and not her idea.
Was she scared or having doubts?