This is a tragic story of a stunt that went terribly wrong. This is also a story of a young man obsessed with fame who seems to have had absolutely no understanding of how guns work. The video shows the young man pressing his girlfriend to shoot him, and just how hesitant she was to pull the trigger. She did, though, and he died and she went to jail.
“Prosecutors in Norman County, Minnesota on Friday released video and transcripts from the fateful final video of Pedro Ruiz, 22, and his then-pregnant girlfriend Monalisa Perez, 20,” The Daily Mail writes.
“I can’t do it, babe. I’m so scared,” Perez said to Ruiz. As she said this, she was holding a .50 caliber Desert Eagle.
“As long as you hit the book, you’ll be fine. Come on,” Ruiz replied.
Ruiz was holding a hardcover encyclopedia in front of his chest. Perez fired. The bullet went through the book. While it may have slowed slightly, it still had enough power to kill Ruiz.
There was more to her hesitation. Perez seemed to know that this was a bad idea. “Babe, if I kill you what’s gonna happen to my life. Like, no this isn’t okay,” the transcript reads.
There was little question about how the events unfolded back in June of 2017.
What happened to her life surprised many. She was sentenced to180 days in jail for second-degree manslaughter. Her son was born in September.
“The mother-of-two took a plea deal in December that will allow her to serve out half of her jail term in increments of 30 days per year for the next three years,” DM notes.
“So if I’m going to die, I’m pretty much ready to go to heaven right now. If I die, I’ll be ready for Jesus,” Ruiz had said on the video.
“He probably won’t accept me into the pearly gates because of how stupid this is, but I have confidence that my girlfriend will hit the book and not me.”
Hitting the book wasn’t where this plan went wrong, though. Even if the book had stopped the bullet, as planned, the force of the impact would have transferred to the man’s chest. The .50 Action Express cartridge is, by handgun standards, huge. While he may have survived the impact, he may not have.
Sadly, though, it appears that she knew–well before pulling the trigger–that this wasn’t a good idea.
“Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE,” she had tweeted.