YouTube stunts are very common nowadays and oftentimes, people go too far. That was the case when Monalisa Perez shot and killed his boyfriend Pedro Ruiz for a YouTube stunt that went horribly wrong. The Minnesota woman has been charged with the offense and trial could be starting soon.
Aspiring 19-year-old YouTube star Monalisa Perez, better known simply as Monalisa by her followers, accidentally killed her boyfriend last Monday as part of a social media stunt gone wrong. Perez shot Pedro Ruiz in the chest in front of their home in hopes that an encyclopedia would stop the bullet. He was declared dead when help arrived.
NBC News reports that Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton revealed that the weapon used in the accidental murder was a gold Desert Eagle .50 caliber handgun. The weapon is considered as one of the most powerful pistols in the world and a hardcover encyclopedia wouldn’t be enough to stop the bullet.
The stunt comes after Ruiz requested that the stunt be shot in order for the two to gain more followers for their YouTube channel. Ruiz even practised the stunt with several books and revealed to Perez that one of the bullets didn’t go through the book. Before the accident, Perez even tweeted that they are going to “shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever.”
Ruiz was shot with their 3-year-old daughter looking on. At the time of the stunt, Perez was pregnant with their second child. Perez faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.
The pair’s YouTube channel was started last March and the main goal was to reveal the real life of teen parents. The couple often did pranks and stunts for their channel and this incident was another attempt from the couple at gaining more followers for their channel.
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