Minnesota teenage girl Monalisa Perez has been charged with and pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter last week.
The 19-year-old YouTube star was taping a video on a camera with boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III, 22 years of age. The video was supposed to go viral on their YouTube channel. According to the planned scenario, Perez was supposed to shoot at her boyfriend, who would be holding a book to stop the bullet. The stunt-enthusiasts thought the book would stop the bullet from reaching Ruiz' body. The couple set up two cameras on the back of the car and on a nearby ladder on a Monday evening. When filming, the prank went wrong. The bullet traveled through the book and hit the boyfriend, killing him at once. According to court documents, she shot him in the chest with a gold Desert Eagle, world’s most powerful handgun.
Perez called 911 to report that she had accidentally killed her boyfriend. She told the police officers that she had practiced shooting books earlier, thus convincing her boyfriend that a bullet would not penetrate. The couple has been making videos on Youtube together with their 3-year-old daughter since May. At the time of the shooting, Perez was pregnant with the second child. They were streaming stunts, challenges, and pranks in their channel called “La MonaLisa.”
Norman County Sheriff's office is currently investigating this case. Perez may face more than 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000. She will be sentenced in February 2018.
The investigation revealed that Ruiz was the most interested party inspired to do the stunt, hoping to make their followers grow up to 300,000. The tweet sent 90 minutes before shooting says:
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