Pregnant Youtuber Fatally Shoots Boyfriend in Youtube Stunt Gone Wrong

A YouTube stunt took a tragic turn for the worse late last month for a Minnesota couple looking to achieve stardom.

Pregnant Monalisa Perez fatally shot her boyfriend and father of her unborn child, Pedro Ruiz, in an event her aunt described to the Star Tribune as a “tragic accident.” The pair had planned on Perez shooting a gun towards Ruiz’s chest, hoping that the bullet would be stopped by an encyclopedia book he was holding up. On July 26, the couple began to film the stunt outside of Perez’s home with two cameras and a powerful gun. After shooting one round just a foot away from Ruiz, he instantly went down, and Perez frantically ran indoors to make a desperate 911 call.

The transcript of the conversation revealed that during the frantic call, Perez desperately begged the 911 dispatcher to send people as soon as possible, saying, ““Oh, my God, he’s dead! He looks like he’s dying, ma’am. He’s all blue. Please hurry up, ma’am. … He’s dying. He’s dying!”

Later, Perez told the authorities that Ruiz had tested the stunt before using other books, and convinced her that it would be safe. Prior to the fatal incident, Perez took to Twitter to advertise the Stunt and get their viewers excited to watch it.

Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever HIS idea not MINE

— Monalisa Perez (@MonalisaPerez5) June 26, 2017

The young couple began uploading in May, and their content included vlogs and attempts at popular challenges. In their own edition of the Whisper Challenge, 22-year-old Ruiz ends the video with a comment on dying from a gunshot, an eerie foreshadow to his death.


Together, the couple have a three-year-old daughter, and had plans of uploading the stunt to create buzz on their blossoming YouTube channel. Now, Perez faces a second-degree manslaughter charge, and if convicted, could spend at least 10 years in prison.