YouTuber Monalisa Perez, 20, had hoped to become famous on the video streaming service. She and her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, 22, were known for filming their pranks and stunts and posting them online. However, while filming what would become a deadly YouTube stunt, Monalisa accidentally shot and killed Pedro.
The plan for the video was simple. Monalisa was going to fire a gun, in this case, a .50 caliber Desert Eagle, at Pedro while he held an encyclopedia up to his chest. Before attempting the deadly YouTube stunt, Monalisa Perez tweeted: “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea, not MINE.”
The shot was fired perfectly at the encyclopedia. However, the bullet easily tore through the pages of the book and struck Pedro in the chest, fatally wounding him. Monalisa immediately called 911 and told them what had happened. Monalisa told the 911 operator “We were doing a YouTube video, and it went wrong, please hurry up.”
Monalisa Perez and Pedro Ruiz III both believed that the hardcover book would be enough to stop the bullet. At the time, Monalisa was pregnant with her and Pedro’s second child. Their three-year-old daughter was present during the filming of the deadly YouTube stunt and witnessed her father’s death.
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