A 19-year-old girl has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after she shot her boyfriend with a Desert Eagle handgun.
According to reports, Monalisa Perez shot her 22-year-old boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III as they tried to film a YouTube prank.
The prank involved Perez shooting Ruiz with the .50 caliber handgun as he held an encyclopedia up against his chest.
Ruiz died not long after the prank went horribly wrong.
“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.
Conservative Tribune reports:
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.
Perez has since posted her $7,000 bail, which was granted on the condition that she does not have access to a firearm.
What a terrible situation for everyone involved. I don’t believe Perez did it intentionally, but the fact that she was willing to do such a stunt, with such a powerful gun, shows how bad her decision making truly is.
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