This young man was dying to go viral.
“Babe, if I kill you what’s gonna happen to my life. Like, no, this isn’t okay.”
Those were the words of 20-year-old Monalisa Perez moments before she pulled the trigger of a .50 caliber handgun in what was supposed to be a death-cheating stunt for her boyfriend’s new YouTube channel.
Pedro Ruiz, 22, was holding an encyclopedia to his chest which was supposed to stop the bullet. According to court documents, he convinced his girlfriend, pregnant with their second child, to do the prank by showing her a different book he shot where the bullet didn’t go all the way through.
Video shows moments before the deadly stunt happened.
Pedro Ruiz was an aspiring YouTube celebrity. He and Monalisa already had a YouTube presence, with light-hearted pranks like sneaking a hot pepper into a sandwich and putting baby powder on a doughnut. But this new YouTube channel was going to be different.
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