Video has just been released of the moments right before the dangerous stunt went off the rails.
Wannabe YouTube star, Pedro Ruiz III, 22, had a subscriber base of just 218 and posted videos of pranks. But Ruiz had dreams of reaching 300,000 subscribers.
This young man and his girlfriend, Monalisa Perez, 20, wanted to be internet famous — and they were willing to do anything to get there.
On his last day, he and his pregnant girlfriend went to a fairground in Minnesota and he filmed himself on a ‘scary’ ride.
Ruiz didn’t want to keep his videos to just fairground rides and silly pranks like giving his girlfriend donuts covered in baby powder. He wanted to make a real prank video like the ones that get the clicks on YouTube. He decided he’d post a video of a death-defying stunt gone wrong where he could fake his death.
Perez posted about the upcoming video on Twitter. ‘Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE,’ read the tweet.
Ruiz had Perez shoot at an encyclopedia he was holding in front of his chest with a .50-caliber Desert Eagle handgun.
Revealing that neither of them understood a single thing about guns, they went ahead with the so-called prank video.
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.
‘I can’t do it, babe. I’m so scared,’ Perez told her boyfriend in the transcript from the June 2017 video, as she wielded a .50-caliber Desert Eagle – one of the most powerful handguns in the world.
‘As long as you hit the book, you’ll be fine. Come on,‘ Ruiz responded, holding a hardcover encyclopedia to his chest.
While cameras were rolling, she fired and the bullet went through the book, killing Ruiz.
It ended up not being a prank video at all.
During the filming, Perez says that she can’t do it. Is it real concern for Ruiz’s safety or acting for the camera because she believes it’s just a stunt? Who knows.
‘Babe, if I kill you what’s gonna happen to my life. Like, no this isn’t okay,’ the transcript reads…
…Perez, was pregnant with her second child at the time of Ruiz’s death and their son was born in September.
In the released portion of the video from the stunt, Ruiz addresses the camera and says: ‘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.
‘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.’
Perez was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and sentenced to 180 days in jail.
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.
She is also banned from ever possessing firearms.
The young couple filmed the video with their preschooler present.
Their three-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, was present when the shooting occurred.
‘We were doing a YouTube video and it went wrong. Please hurry up,’ Perez told the 911 dispatcher in June 2017…
…If the 20-year-old had gone to trial and was found guilty, she could have been looking at up to 10 years behind bars.
The prosecutor handling Perez’s case said Ruiz’s family members signed off on the plea deal.
Source: Daily Mail
This is ultimately a sad story about our instant-fame culture. People are determined to do literally anything to get their names out there.
This young man lost his life for a stupid YouTube stunt, and his girlfriend was convicted of killing him.
He never even got to meet his son.
Where does this leave his two kids?
Watch his last moments before the stunt:
It’s incredibly sad that this young couple thought that the way to get ahead was by resorting to dangerous stunts and filming them for a bunch of kids and people that still live in their parents’ basements to watch.
Our culture has taken a nose-dive and we need to bring it back from the brink or we’ll be seeing more tragedies like this.
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