Back in June, 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III and 19-year-old Monalisa Perez set up two cameras and prepped for a dangerous stunt they thought would be their breakthrough video.
While filming, the dad held a book to his chest while the mom stood a foot away and fired a gold Desert Eagle .50 caliber pistol. Ruiz had tested it once before with a different book, but this time, the bullet didn't stop. It pierced Ruiz in the chest and he was declared dead at the house.
According to CNN, the stay-at-home mom said her boyfriend had been talking about it for a while and he finally convinced her to try the stunt after he tested it on the first book.
Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever😳😳 HIS idea not MINE🙈
"They were in love. They loved each other. It was just a prank gone wrong. It shouldn't (have) happened like this. It shouldn't have happened at all," Ruiz's aunt, Claudia Ruiz, told Valley News Live. "He had told me about an idea. I said, 'Don't do it, don't do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why?' [He said,] 'Because, we want more viewers.' I don't know why they thought the book was supposed to stop the bullet."
The Minnesota couple has a 3-year-old daughter and Perez was seven months pregnant with their second child. They started their YouTube channel, La MonaLisa, in March and vlogged about their day-to-day lives, and the ups and downs of "a young couple who happen to be teen parents." Up until the day of the shooting, their pranks were relatively minor, including Perez hiding hot peppers in an egg salad sandwich for Ruiz, Ruiz feigning paralysis at the store and both parents giving each other dirty dare challenges.
Their latest video, posted the day of the shooting, started off with Perez venting about a fight between the two, but things seemed brighter when they later went to the county fair, where Ruiz tried a few stunts.
"Funny how everyone knows you two now," Perez said in the video. "Imagine when we have 300,000 subscribers."
After the prank went wrong, Perez called 911 at 6:30 p.m. and was charged with reckless discharge of a gun. The charge was then upgraded to second-degree manslaughter. The mom was released on a bail of $7,000 and was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and to stay away from firearms. She could face up to 10 years in jail if convicted.