Monalisa Perez Charged After Fatal Shooting Of Pedro Ruiz For A YouTube Video

Monalisa Perez charged with second-degree manslaughter after shooting her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III for a YouTube video

  • On Monday Perez fatally shot Ruiz while trying to film a video for YouTube

  • Ruiz asked Perez to shoot a Desert Eagle .50 at his chest while he attempted to stop it with a hardcover encyclopedia

  • Perez is charged with second-degree manslaughter

  • On Wednesday afternoon Perez posted a $7,000 cash bond

Every day people are trying to become the next viral star. People will put themselves through self-destructive, dangerous and sometimes deadly situations in hopes of obtaining views and followers on social media giants YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

While attempting to make a stunt video for YouTube, 19-year-old Monalisa Perez fatally shot her 22-year-old boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III in the chest with a Desert Eagle .50 caliber pistol. Perez is now facing second-degree manslaughter over this social media stunt that went tragically wrong.


The Norman County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Perez at 6:30 pm on Monday. Perez told officers she had shot her boyfriend in the chest while making a video for YouTube. The shooting was said to have occurred at 549 US Hwy 75 in Norman County, Minnesota.

Perez stated that Ruiz wanted to make a YouTube video with her shooting a Desert Eagle .50 at him while he stopped the bullet with a book. Perez went on to say that Ruiz had been trying to get her to shoot the book for a while.

Ruiz was reported to have a hardcover encyclopedia to attempt to stop a Desert Eagle .50 round. You can find videos all over the Web that demonstrate the gun’s power. It was said that Ruiz showed Perez a book that managed to stop a round. However, Ruiz was said to have shot a bookshelf of encyclopedias and the bullet did not manage to get through the first one.

A post on Facebook from a family member read, “He sent me a snapchat shooting a bookshelf of encyclopedias and said lets see how many books it would go through … it didn’t make it past the first book … but its different if you have 20 books stacked than just 1, dammit man i can’t believe it.”

Perez was announced dead on the scene. Before the shooting, Perez had set up a GoPro on the back of a vehicle, and another camera on a ladder placed nearby. Police on the scene have confirmed that the accident was recorded, and have no intent of releasing either video at this time.

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Second-Degree Murder

Perez was arrested and initially charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, but following an investigation, she was charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday morning. It is not clear if she will still face the reckless discharge.

On Wednesday Perez appeared from jail by video at a Norman County District Court proceeding. Perez was released Wednesday afternoon after posting a $7,000 cash bail. If found guilty she could face 10-years in prison.


The young couple were very active on social media. Just before the accident occurred Perez tweeted, “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever😳😳 HIS idea, not MINE🙈”

Doing Scary Stunts At The Fair

Earlier in the day, Perez uploaded a video to her YouTube account titled, “DOING SCARY STUNTS AT THE FAIR | PART 1.” The video shows the couple with their 3-year-old daughter at the fair. The video was then shared to both Perez and Ruiz’s Facebook accounts, as well as to her Twitter.

Perez Was At Least 25 Weeks Pregnant

Perez is also over 25-weeks pregnant. On Perez’s YouTube channel she uploaded a video titled “We find out baby’s gender👶🍼” just one month ago.



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