A Florida couple's YouTube stunt went horribly wrong when a woman shot her boyfriend in the chest, killing him instantly.

19-year-old Monalisa Perez and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III were filming a stunt for their YouTube channel when Perez shot Ruiz who was holding a book against his chest.

Police say Perez shot Ruiz with a powerful .50-caliber Desert Eagle® pistol. The pistol is a favored prop in many television shows, movies and video games.

Monalisa Perez The tragic incident happened Wednesday outside their northwestern Minnesota home.

The couple's 3-year-old child was nearby and may have witnessed the fatal shooting, which was captured on two cameras. Police say they will not release the video footage to the public.

Perez and Ruiz were hungry for YouTube stardom. They often filmed themselves performing risky stunts for YouTube views.

Ruiz practiced the stunt by firing a bullet through a hardcover encyclopedia. He told Perez the bullet did not go all the way through the book.

Authorities say Perez pulled the trigger while standing about 12 inches away from Ruiz who was holding the book against his chest.

Lisa Primeau, an aunt who "practically raised" Ruiz after his mother died when he was young, said Perez and Ruiz were high school sweethearts.

Primeau said Ruiz was always "putting a dangerous twist on everything he did." His antics included "jumping into the swimming pool from the top of the house, no hesitation. He was a crazy driver with go-carts."

She said Ruiz told her about the stunt, saying he wanted more YouTube views. "We want to get famous," she quoted Ruiz.

"He had told me about that idea," the aunt told WDAY-TV, "and I said, 'Don't do it. Don't do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why?'"

Perez, who is pregnant with the couple's 2nd child, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 2nd degree manslaughter. She is being held in jail without bail.

  • casiepriest33

    The price of fame whoring. Damn shame.

  • Dee

    These young people are getting dumber and dumber and dumber, SMDH!!!

  • Torae

    These kids today are dumb AF....?

  • JerseyMom

    Dumb b*tches. I don't feel sorry for anyone but their 3-year old child.

  • tintin

    he deserves to die for agreeing to such a stupid stunt. Don't play with guns!!

  • Kanyade


    seek help, not attention.

    "Ruiz practiced the stunt by firing a bullet through a hardcover
    encyclopedia. He told Perez the bullet did not go all the way through
    the book."
    this is why education/SCIENCE is so important.

  • free

    well, you're famous for at least a day....

  • rere


  • Keisha Hannah

    It must be the water because nowadays these youngins have no common sense at all!

  • Ms.Vanilla

    And the devil sits back in his rocking chair and..... laughs.

  • Skin Deep Beauty


  • BloodBlood

    Guess he's famous now ??

  • Anunnaki

    Narcissism has reached an all time high. All this social media is the death of many many young folks looking for fame and attention. Family keep talking to your kids daily. It really ruff out here for them. Kids dont even jump rope, hopscotch, play board games ,jaxstones. Anymore just looking for attention anyway they can get it...awful what hapoen to this young man...

  • JV

    I see no reason to charge her with second degree manslaughter. He was clearly complicit in this. Reckless endangerment - yes. Involuntary manslaughter - yes. But when In think 2nd degree manslaughter, I think of two people had a fight or something and somebody accidentally fell on a knife or something.

  • JV

    It doesn't help that you can get paid based on the amount of clicks.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011


  • Anunnaki

    So right. They pay for their death

  • Coy little wink

    More central Florida swamp hillbilly misbehavior?

    Handling a loaded firearm with a 3 year old in close range screams idgaf

  • Yardgirl


  • BloodBlood

    It's true

  • Please Stop The Madness


  • Karen Brady

    Dumb & Dumber IV. Please let an adult with all their sense take over raising this child.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    This generation is just an UTTER MESS!! Cant tell 'em zhit..they "know" er'y thing and are hardheaded as all get out!!

  • Karen Brady

    chuckling @ "More central Florida swamp hillbilly misbehavior?"

  • BeUtFullSoul

    "FAME"?; Wanting to be "FAMOUS"...I don't get it. :(

  • Rayne

    Why are these kids so damn dumb? Why tho?

  • Karen Brady

    That's what I said. How rich and famous was silly stupid crap like this going to make them? Ridic. smh.

  • Rayne

    If they had invented Facebook back in the 70's or 80's we'd all be dead looking for attention. That's crazy.smh

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I swear this younger generations focus is on the wrong thing. Wanting to be famous and get money as quickly as possible. They dont wanna work, trap, listen etc. All they wanna do is be on social media all day and make babies smh... they got a 3 year old and she 19 with another one on the way. Stupid...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    When I first showed my niece how to play Jacks she was like what the hell is that on the floor? smh that generation is lost to technology its their babysitter, their confidant, their hypeman. Thats why they feel so entitled to everything...

  • Ebony Starr

    What about the babies in the strollers reaching for cellphones and getting them. They plays games and use them better than me. No real life socializing. We had to wait for our friends to come outside so that we could interact with them. This generation can't put their phones down long enough to work!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    They cant and its so sad. They are missing the real life experiences that children should have. Instead they are being exposed to all these things so early. Kids are losing their innocence partially because of social media...

  • Carrington

    That quest for fame will kill you either way. TWO dumbasses!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Ugh... I am sure if I Google the word STUPID, their pictures would pop up along with that orange troll's picture!!!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Dumb MFs.

  • sunni_daze

    So these dumbasses thought a book would stop a bullet? I can't sympathize with stupidity

  • Ni Ni

    Right on! When everybody was out for spring break, the basketball courts were just empty. I'm like where are all the kids.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Hillbilly's gonna do what Hillbilly's do -- dumb shyt... If the three year old witnessed this he's gonna need years of counseling -- and how is this baby going to feel when he's older and find out his mother shot and killed his father tryna do a dumb-azz prank?!?!? Couldn't tell these two knuckleheads nothing!!!! Couldn't tell her not to pull the trigger but I be she knows now. I wonder if she's in the pen with Diabla and nem...

  • Anunnaki

    So very true. When my granbaby come to my house we more outside. We literally be outside all day when i have her. Break for water and back to kickball, bike riding. Etc. And she will be 3 soon. I even taught her how to make mud pies. And decorate it with those green berries. I love it. Bring back memories

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I was on the edge of my seat hoping the full unedited video was posted. Stupid games, stupid prizes.

  • Anunnaki

    I meant to respond to this comment. But i wrote it to another poster...oh well...lol

  • Vegas1989

    I was talking to a friend and their daughter was turning like 4 or 5 and I told him that I will buy her a coloring book and some crayons....And then she said what was that.....SMH....I almost lost it...

  • Karen Brady

    That's deep. Scary to think but true.

  • Karen Brady

    Jigsaw puzzles! Jacks, Handball, double dutch, red-light-green light, tag, skully, ice cream trucks, boom box on the porch... we were the happiest kids and healthy. We had channels 2- 13 and tv was a last desperate resort. It had to be nighttime or raining outside.. lol. Call us in the house to take a break or eat a little something and we'd be upset! Block full of kids from 5 to 17 just running around, having clean good FUN! These kids today aren't having real real fun :-(.

  • Karen Brady

    YES!!!! Had to sit on the stoop patiently waiting.

  • Karen Brady

    Best memories..

  • Look@m3

    Dang memories...you so right. TV was an afterthought.....now a days TV, computer and video games are everything to these kids.

  • Karen Brady

    It's a whole different world. just crazy!

  • Clopretty

    I don't think she should be charged! At the end of the day this is something he wanted to do! He practiced it and told her the bullet wouldn't go all the way through, All this for attention! The desperation to have views and attention! i looked up their youtube... They don't even get hella views so you did this just so a little over a thousand people could view! Sad, sad, sad!

  • stanhope

    You stand there next time dumb b i t c h

  • stanhope

    She did it for page views..put this heifer in prison not jail

  • Lisa daniels

    No shade, Sandy? Idk why I surprised.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Well...and they still aren't famous. And he's dead.

    Well, you don't always get what you want in life, but you more often than not get what you asked for.

    This has got to be one of the stupidest things ever. And she's going to prison not to mention the baby--who had to witness that lunacy and who'll have to deal with his dad's loss forever.

  • Soon2BWife

    God protects fools and babies is only 50% true in this case.

  • McKay

    The price you pay to gain followers. Oh well, life goes on.

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Just awful....

  • Ni Ni


  • Branch Davidian

    The Darwin Award winner for 2017 is...

  • hottlanta

    Let's see they had an encyclopedia but never opened it to read to the part where it says a book can't stop a bullet. Now they have a child that is 3 so makes her 16 and him 19 when she gave birth to the first baby. Is that statutory rape and if it was shouldn't he have been in jail.

  • Clopretty

    I'm sure your mother would be dumb enough to do so before me! Lets give her a call and ask or is she already dead? I'll be glad to dig her up with you if so, just so we can try it on her and see if the bullet can go through her bones :)

  • felicia

    I totally agree with you both, I was just saying this the other day. I had my niece in the park and she didn't know how to jump rope. I'm like what, that's the first thing we learned as lil girls smdh. All that you ladies mentioned is 100% true its a dam shame the kids don't know the fun we had with the simpler games and we lived outside. No TV or video games for distraction and human interaction along with nature kept us entertained without all the electronics and social media! That's why these damm kids aint got no sense they are pre programed like robots, this generation is screwed!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Nah she should be charged, not meaning to kill him doesn't take away from 'you did kill him.' She may get a year or two and then probation. I'm not a lawyer.

  • Karen Brady


  • Karen Brady

    Exactly! You have to watch them like hawks now. We watched after each other as did the neighbors, etc. Sad sad sad.

  • Karen Brady

    so screwed. It's all just too damn much!! Brings tears to my eyes for real.

  • T865!

    Not for him

  • T865!

    Not for him

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ The Dutchess

    "They often filmed themselves perfuming risky stunts for YouTube views."
    Does SR.com need a proofreader because I could use a part-time job

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It's an innocent typo caused by spell check, hun. Burger King is hiring.

  • Ro

    Is this the Fame she was looking for?

  • Allihave2say

    Auntie! No you didn't! Oh! Ouch! Oh! Awe!

  • chris

    Not a lick

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ The Dutchess

    They are? Did you get a call back for an interview? If you get the job Congrats in advance!


    Fame ain't everything. Sounds like ish got real when the devil creeped in. Making them think they're invincible. #mythoughts Young man, rest in peace.

  • yvette46

    People will do anything for fame!! Here's his 15 min of fame and he can't even enjoy it..

  • bemetoo

    Damn jackass

  • teather

    Y'all want your 2nd amendment rights and you want to do jackass shit. What's wrong with young ppl having little common sense. C'mon schools, it's time to really re-invest in education. Our children are lagging WAY FAR behind.

  • teather

    I should have said first, RIP young man and I'm sorry for his family. I know young ppl do silly shit. We all did.

  • missmiami305


  • TeeTee

    high school sweethearts ... like is she was 14 and he was 17 - they got older - should the rules still apply?

  • TeeTee

    that's f'd up .. but it sho gave me a chuckle

  • TeeTee

    you are correct.. most likely with those charges she may not be convicted. But is this the hole story?

  • Electricbird83

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes?????

  • Dainese

    I wonder if this was the couple that called to TBC tryna promote their Youtube channel.

  • dontgetblocked

    He's infamously dead now.

  • http://ebonynsweet.com EbonyNSweet.com

    Why would they put a real bullet in a gun? lol

  • nick c

    You take someone's life you getting charged stupid or not. You might get a pass if they drunk walking in the middle of road late at night or something and you run them over.

  • Floriduhh Evans


  • Floriduhh Evans

    How are they a FL couple with a house in Minnesota ?

  • brooklyn23

    Niggas were dare devils they went out with a bang, no pun intended

  • Satui Lerne

    Prayers for this girl. I know what they did was stupid, but she is in jail pregnant with three year old after killing the man she loved. Sometimes the ignorance of youth is truly a b**ch

  • Satui Lerne

    I agree. She'll be charged with something, but not murder. They're already booking her with a way downgraded charge of second degree manslaughter. Because of the lack of intent, his cooperation, and the fact that she doesn't have priors she will probably be able to cut a good deal with the prosecutor.

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    This is a PRIME EXAMPLE of why it's so important to teach your children how to use Social Media, how to make real friends and interact IN PERSON and that they have their own value regardless of fame, etc... Such a sad situation

  • Shira Harding-James

    The cost of fame isn't worth it!

  • Jussjess25

    Wow I cant imagine what would make them think this was a good idea ??? Wow smh ?

  • YellowSauce

    well ... since you put it like that ....