On June 26, nineteen-year-old Monalisa Perez shot her boyfriend, 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz, on camera for a YouTube Skit. The incident took place in the city of Halsted of Norman County, Minnesota. The original plan was for Perez to shot Ruiz at point blank while Ruiz held a book in front of his chest to stop the bullet. Much to their horror, the bullet penetrated the book and pierced Ruiz’s chest.
Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever?? HIS idea not MINE?
— Monalisa Perez (@MonalisaPerez5) June 26, 2017
A Twitter post from Perez a little over an hour before the shooting stated that they would attempt their most dangerous stunt ever. According to Perez, her boyfriend suggested the stunt and showed her a book he previously shot where the bullet was unable to penetrate it. Believing it to be safe, the couple proceeded with the feat using two cameras to record it. The weapon used was a .50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun. After the incident, Ruiz was taken to a Fargo Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Perez was held at the Northwest Regional Correction Center on Wednesday, June 28 but later released after posting a 7,000 dollar cash bond. Authorities seized the two cameras and their footage as evidence. Perez is currently facing charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and second-degree manslaughter. Perez is the mother of their three-year-old child and currently pregnant with Ruiz’s unborn son.
According to Ruiz’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, the couple has been trying to achieve fame through YouTube. To attract new audiences and keep them entertained, YouTubers, pranksters in particular, have resorted to performing daring stunts. However, sometimes the price of that fame ends up being too high. Before you consider doing something extreme in the name of fame, always consider the negative effect it could have on you or your loved ones.