Monalisa Perez, 19, of Halstad, Minnesota, pulled a moronic and fatal YouTube stunt with her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III, 22. This is deserving of a Darwin Award… big time. Pedro held a book in front of his heart and Monalisa shot him with a 50-caliber bullet. They somehow thought the book would stop the bullet. Wrong. Pedro died instantly… she was only a foot away when she shot him. Bonus, she shot him in front of their three-year-old daughter. SMH.
Perez is being charged with second-degree manslaughter. Pity that doesn’t include a charge of first-degree stupidity. The victim’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, tells WDAY-TV that the couple played pranks and put them on YouTube. Dangerous pranks, y’all. These two had a death wish. Perez was assigned a public defender and released on $7,000 bail. She could get up to ten years in prison for this and a $20,000 fine.
This duo had been together for five years. I’m surprised something like this didn’t happen long ago with them. Some people will do anything for a thrill and do even more to be famous on YouTube. Perez used a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol for the stunt. She fled the house in horror, screaming and later said the book was supposed to stop the bullet in a bid to create a viral video, family members told the Star Tribune. She claimed the idea was Pedro’s, not hers. The law doesn’t care about that part, honey. Just the dead boyfriend part.
Just before the stunt gone wrong, Perez tweeted: “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea, not MINE.” The book was a hardcover encyclopedia that Ruiz held in front of his chest outside their home on Highway 75 at approximately 6:30 pm. Ruiz had another book that he claimed had stopped a bullet. Not this time. His death was caught on two cameras that they had set up to record the feat. The police are not going to release the video. I don’t blame them… it would be like watching a snuff video.
Perez then called 911 in a panic. The EMTs attempted to jump start his heart, but Ruiz was already gone. All this time, their three-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, watched the events unfold. Perez is pregnant with their second child as well. No Mother-of-the-Year for this idiot. And her children will grow up without their father now. The Desert Eagle is described as ‘one of the world’s most powerful semiautomatic handguns’. It no doubt made a mess of Ruiz even with the book in front of him.
The victim’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, told WDAY-TV that she told her nephew: “Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why?” He should have listened to his aunt instead of trying to make a viral video. She said he replied: “Because we want more viewers. We want to get famous.” That didn’t quite work out the way they planned… all it got was Ruiz dead and Perez charged with his murder.
Ruiz was a gun enthusiast and a ‘daredevil’ who was always ‘putting a dangerous twist on everything he did’. I love guns and I think everyone should be armed, but I also think they should be trained and have at least a modicum of common sense. This kid evidently thought he couldn’t die. He found out the hard way that just isn’t true.
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