YouTube has changed a great deal in the past decade, and now there are hundreds of popular “YouTubers” who are essentially making a living off of their videos. This has led to some up-and-comers going to extremes to get their time to shine, and sometimes that goes too far.
That’s the case of this young YouTuber whose potentially innocent video stunt was the end of her boyfriend’s life.
All in Good Fun
A few weeks ago, Monalisa Perez was just one of thousands of people trying to make a name for herself on YouTube.
She shared a channel with boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III where they posted pranks and stunts and had over 2,000 subscribers after only about a month of production.
The two soon became rising stars of YouTube, but after a horrifying accident, Monalisa is facing legal repercussions.
The dynamic duo participated in a wide array of different stunts and pranks, all of which went off completely safely, even while Monalisa was pregnant with their second child.
Their pranks ranged from replacing the powdered sugar on a donut with baby powder, or sneaking the world’s hottest chili pepper into a sandwich.
But before she attempted this prank, she sent a tweet that reads very differently considering how everything ended. It said, “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever… HIS idea not MINE.”
The Deadly Stunt
Viral Thread reports that, according to court documents, the couple had a plan for the deadly video.
Ruiz would hold up a large hardcover encyclopedia in front of his chest, and Perez would shoot it with a .50 caliber Desert Eagle, which according to Viral Thread is “one of the most powerful handguns in the world.” The range? A mere foot away.
Apparently, Ruiz had been planning this for a while. The two even set up cameras to film the entire incident.