A 19-year-old girl is being charged with second degree manslaughter after she shot a bullet through a book that was held against her boyfriend’s chest, thinking the book would stop it.
According to BBC News, Minnesota resident Monalisa Perez fatally shot 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III as they tried to film a YouTube stunt.
A tweet sent by Perez before the filming indicted that the whole stunt was Ruiz’s idea.
“Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever,” Perez said in the June 26 tweet. “HIS idea not MINE” she continued, then followed that with an emoji of a monkey covering his eyes.
WDAY-TV reported that at least three cameras captured the fatal “prank.”
Court documents explain how Ruiz convinced his girlfriend to join him for the video after Ruiz showed Perez another book he had shot but the bullet hadn’t gone all the way through. He said the book would surely stop the bullet.
Perez agreed to the stunt after she saw the book. She grabbed a .50 caliber handgun and shot Ruiz through the book from at least a foot away.
Family members said that the whole thing was done in a quest for YouTube fame. Ruiz’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, told the local news outlet that the couple wanted to gain views on their videos.
“They were in love. It was just a prank gone wrong. It shouldn’t have happened like this. It shouldn’t have happened at all,” Ruiz told WDAY.
One of the couple’s last YouTube videos, entitled “She Took it To Far,” posted on May 30, 2017, has a chilling message at the end of the vlog.
At around 14:00, you can see Perez silently whisper to the camera her desire “pull a prank on this one” while pointing to her boyfriend.
Take a look:
Perez posted $7,000 bail with one condition: she can not have a firearm.
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