Pedro Ruiz III just wanted more viewers, but his want for a few seconds of fame has ended up costing his life. Recently, 19-year-old Monalisa Perez gave the police a very strange reason for why she shot her boyfriend. The Minnesota woman was charged with manslaughter after she shot and killed her boyfriend as part of the pair’s attempt to become YouTube celebrities. Also Read - After Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey; will Mark Zuckerberg be next to leave his company?Also Read - Top short video apps in India: Instagram, YouTube, MX Taka Tak and more
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The couple had set up two video cameras to capture Monalisa firing the gun at Ruiz while he held a book in front of his chest. The book however was no match for the bullet fired from a Desert Eagle .50 caliber pistol. Ruiz, who according to reports was found with a single gunshot to his chest, was pronounced dead at the scene. Reports further suggest that Ruiz had apparently convinced Monalisa that the book would stop the bullet from a foot away. According to the arrest report, Perez called 911 on Monday evening, saying she had accidentally shot her boyfriend in the chest while they were making a video.
She further said that Pedro convinced her it was a safe stunt by showing her a different book he had previously shot where the bullet did not go all the way through, the report further added. The teenager — who is pregnant with the couple’s second child — now faces second-degree manslaughter charges. Hours before the incident, Perez posted on Twitter, “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE.” ALSO READ: From Angel to Sunday Morning: 5 torturous videos that went viral on social media for no reason
Second-degree manslaughter charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000, or both. “I really have no idea what they were thinking. I just don’t understand the younger generation on trying to get their 15 minutes of fame,” asheriff told NYT. The couple often made prank videos, and posted them on YouTube under the name La MonaLisa.
Not surprisingly, users on social media had a different take on this incident.