A pregnant 19-year-old woman from Minnesota is facing jail time after she fatally shot her boyfriend. The reason? She was carrying out a dangerous prank in a desperate bid for YouTube stardom that wound up costing her everything.
MonaLisa Perez was charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday for the shooting death of her boyfriend, 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III, the Star Tribune reported. Their 3-year-old daughter witnessed the tragedy as it unfolded.
According to the criminal complaint, the incident took place on Monday at around 6:30 pm outside their home in Halstad. The couple was testing whether a bullet fired from a .50-caliber gun would go through a hardcover encyclopedia, but Perezâ€™s aim was so poor that she instead shot Ruiz in the chest.
Hours prior to the shooting, Perez took to Twitter to post an ominous warning about their imminent prank: â€śMe and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE,â€ť she wrote, adding several lighthearted emojis.
â€śI wish they wouldnâ€™t have done it. I wish he wouldâ€™ve just done another prank,â€ť Claudia Ruiz, the victimâ€™s aunt, told WDAY-TV. â€śThey were in love. It was just a prank gone wrong. It shouldnâ€™t have happened like this. It shouldnâ€™t have happened at all.â€ť
Emergency medical personnel attempted to revive Ruiz by performing chest compressions outside the coupleâ€™s home before airlifting him to a nearby hospital, but he did not make it.
Perez was released from jail after posting a cash bond $7,000. She insisted to a sheriffâ€™s deputy that it was Ruiz who suggested the video and set up two cameras to film the shooting, with one on the back of a parked car and another on a ladder.
Perez and Ruiz had been together for six years and were expecting another child in late September. He worked for BNSF Railway and was studying to be a foreman, said Ruizâ€™s aunt Lisa Primeau, who noted that her entire family is supporting Perez despite the tragedy.