Minnesota resident Monalisa Perez is being charged with second-degree manslaughter following the shooting death of Pedro Ruiz III, her boyfriend. The pregnant Perez said that the shooting was an online stunt gone wrong. According to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday, Perez (19) told authorities that Ruiz wanted her to make a YouTube video featuring her shooting a bullet into a book that he was holding against his chest.

Perez fired a .50 caliber Desert Eagle pistol from a distance of approximately one foot, allegedly killing Perez at the scene. She then fled the house, screaming. The 22-year-old Ruiz died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. The three-year-old daughter the couple shared was also at the scene when the shot was fired at approximately 6:30 pm local time on Monday. 




Perez claimed that Ruiz came up with the idea. Telling sheriff’s deputies that he convinced her to pull the trigger. The plan was that the book was supposed to stop the bullet and thus create a viral video. Claudia Ruiz -- the victim’s aunt -- said in an interview with WDAY-TV that the unmarried couple did stunts that they uploaded to YouTube. Ruiz's aunt said Perez pulled the stunt because she wanted an increase in the number of her online followers on social media.  The aunt added that the victim told her that he wanted to pull the stunt “because we want more viewers, we want to get famous." She added, “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 Ruiz told WDAY-TV, "They were in love, they loved each other. It was just a prank gone wrong."

Before the incident, Perez tweeted, "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever HIS idea not MINE." Then, about an hour before the shooting, Perez posted on Facebook: "We are in the process of making Pedro a YouTube channel oh man is it going to be sweet! LOL." Perez added, "All the crazy stuff will [be] on his channel and mine. will be our family life!!!"

In the most recent video, Perez spoke about her quest for fame: "Imagine when we have 300,000 subscribers." Perez could face a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $20,000.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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