A 19-year-old pregnant woman fatally killed her boyfriend in a YouTube video stunt gone wrong.
In a bid to be famous, 22-year-old YouTuber Pedro Ruiz III reportedly instructed his girlfriend Monalisa Perez to shoot a .50-calibre Desert Eagle pistol – described as one of the world’s most powerful semiautomatic handguns – at him while he shields his chest with a hardcover book with the assumption that the book would stop the bullet.
According to the criminal complaint, Ruiz had been pushing Perez, who has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, to go through with his latest prank. The bullet, which was fired from about a foot away, went straight through the book and into his chest.
The complaint also stated that Ruiz had shown Perez another book that he had shot and the bullet didn’t go all the way through. It was also revealed that the event happened in front of the couple’s 3-year-old daughter.
In a tweet that was posted prior to the incident, she wrote, “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE.”
Ruiz was a railroad worker and had been together with Perez for 6 years. Their 2nd child together is expected to arrive in September. His aunt Claudia Ruiz told Twin Cities Pioneer Press that Perez would never deliberately hurt her nephew. She said, “They were in love. It was just a prank gone wrong.”
The aunt also added that Ruiz was determined that the prank would make the daredevil couple’s YouTube channel, La MonaLisa, famous. “He told me about an idea. I said, don’t do it don’t do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why? Because we want more viewers,” she said.
Never ever try dangerous stunts at home, folks! Don’t risk you life for the likes.