A couple that performed stunts to record for their YouTube channel had a tragic end to one of their video projects.
Monalisa Perez, 19, of Minnesota was arrested this week after she shot her 22-year-old boyfriend in the chest. She and Pedro Ruiz III had been trying to build their YouTube subscribers with a viral video. They apparently thought that a book would be enough to stop a bullet from hitting Ruiz in the chest in their planned stunt. Ruiz had reportedly tested the stunt beforehand by shooting books, showing Perez one where the bullet didn’t penetrate as proof that it would work.
Perez, who has been charged with second-degree manslaughter after Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot, used a powerful gold Desert Eagle .50 caliber handgun from just a foot away, NBC News reported.
The couple have a 3-year-old, and “stay at home mom” Perez is expecting their second child, according to her Twitter account. Shortly before the tragic incident, Perez tweeted, “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever HIS idea not MINE.”
On Thursday’s “Pat & Stu,” Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere talked about the sad story and the ultimate emptiness of being successful on social media.
“Just really senseless,” Pat said of the case. “Really horrible.”