In a prank gone wrong, the girlfriend and mother of a popular YouTuber kill her boyfriend.
19-year-old Monalisa Perez says her boyfriend, who had a popular YouTube channel, had been coaxing her into firing a .50 handgun at his chest while he held a large book to stop the impact.
Her boyfriend and the father of their child, 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz, had a history of committing dangerous pranks for his subscribers on his YouTube channel.
Monalisa said Pedro was the “love of her life” and he was always wanting to push the limits with increased risks on his channel to increase his subscriber count.
She said he had been asking to do this stunt for weeks, and she kept refusing. Finally, he talked her into it.
She stood about a foot away from Pedro during the incident while he held a hardback book to his chest, to in theory stop the impact, before she pulled the trigger on the fifty caliber handgun.
They had go-to cameras set up at multiple angles to record the stunt. Police say the moment she pulled the trigger she killed him.
Norman County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 911 call to the 500 block of U.S. Highway 75 on a report of the shooting.
Life-saving efforts were made and a medical helicopter was called, but Pedro was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ruiz’s girlfriend Monalisa was booked into jail for reckless discharge of a firearm.
In a television interview, Pedro's own aunt stayed that “that the couple had been trying to get famous on YouTube, and their pranks were escalating.”
"He had told me about an idea. I said, don't do it, don't do it,” Claudia Ruiz said. “Why are you going to use a gun? Why?”
The couple had apparently tested the stunt before attempting it on video. The incident was caught on two separate cameras which authorities are now reviewing.
Several hours before the fatal stunt, Monalisa tweeted, “I and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever HIS idea, not MINE.”
Neighbors to the couple say Monalisa ran into the front yard screaming in tears.
Claudia Ruiz added, “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.”
Monalisa Perez now faces a maximum of ten years in prison for the death of her lover.