A US woman was charged after fatally shooting her boyfriend in a YouTube stunt that went wrong. She now faces second-degree murder charges and is set to appear in court on Wednesday.
Monalisa Perez, a 19-year-old woman from Minnesota, has been charged after fatally shooting her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, in a YouTube stunt that went wrong.
On Monday, Monalisa held a book to her boyfriend’s chest for the YouTube video, and shot him through it from about a foot away, thinking the book would block the bullet. Unfortunately, it didn’t and he immediately died in front of their three-year-old and 30 other people who were watching as they recorded the incident.
According to James Brue, the County Attorney, the book was a “harcover encyclopedia,” and the gun was a “.50-calibre Desert Eagle handgun.” The police have taken the cameras in for evidence
Both of them had started a joint Youtube Channel earlier this year, as a way of showing “the real life of a young couple who happen to be teen parents.”
Perez also happened to be pregnant, and is now facing 2nd degree murder charges and is set to appear in court on Wednesday.
Comments on the Incident
According to Claudia Ruiz, Pedro’s aunt, the stunt was meant to increase their viewership on social media. She said that he said he wanted to do it “because we want more viewers, we want to get famous.”
“He had told me about that idea and I said, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why?'” Claudia said. “They were in love, they loved each other. It was just a prank gone wrong.”
“Everyone was crying. I was standing behind that tree over there. And that was it. I just couldn’t take it anymore so I had to go back home,” neighbor Wayne Cameron told WDAY-TV.