A young woman who shot and killed her boyfriend while filming a stunt for their YouTube channel has been officially charged with manslaughter.
Per the Star Tribune, 19-year-old Monalisa Perez had been charged with "second-degree manslaughter" in Norman County District Court.
She remains in custody at a jail in Crookston, MN in connection with the Monday night shooting at her home in Halstad which claimed the life of 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III.
The couple has had their own YouTube channel which they used to post videos of themselves doing crazy stunts and pranks. Reportedly, their newest stunt is what led to Ruiz's death.
In the video, which police have not released, Ruiz is said to be holding up a thick encyclopedia to his chest while Perez takes aim with a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a gun that Cabela calls "one of the world's most powerful semiautomatic handguns."
The purpose of the video is to see if the gun is powerful enough to fire the bullet all the way through the book. Sadly, it did and took Ruiz's life as well.
Sometime before the stunt, Perez tweeted out, "
Lisa Primeau, an aunt who "pretty much raised" Ruiz, said, "We called him our little daredevil." She said that when he was younger his mother died in Texas, after which he went to live with his father but that arrangement didn't work out.
She also revealed that Ruiz was constantly chasing after thrills, and "putting a dangerous twist on everything he did." Some of the wild things he did included "jumping into the swimming pool from the top of the house, no hesitation. He was a crazy driver with go-carts."
Primeau also said that Ruiz "had plenty of guns. He liked guns."
Additionally, Perez is pregnant with the couple's second child, and their first child, a 3-year-old daughter named Aaliyah, was present at the home when her father was shot.
About an hour before the tragic incident, Perez posted on Facebook, "We are in the process of making Pedro a YouTube channel oh man is it going to be sweet! LOL." She then added, "All the crazy stuff will [be] on his channel and mine. will be our family life!!!"