Woman shoots and kills boyfriend 'during YouTube stunt to boost online profile'

Woman shoots and kills boyfriend 'during YouTube stunt to boost online profile'

The couple were said to be filming the video for YouTube (Stock image)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A woman shot and killed her boyfriend as part of a video stunt in an attempt to "boost her online profile".

Monalisa Perez was charged on Wednesday (June 28) with second-degree manslaughter, according to The Telegraph.

She told authorities that Pedro Ruiz III wanted to create a video for YouTube showing her shooting a bullet at a book which he was holding against his chest, a criminal complaint says.

The book was supposed to stop the bullet, and the video would, it was hoped, go viral. The 19-year-old woman also said that she had to be convinced by her boyfriend to do the stunt and that it was his idea.

Perez, from Minnesota, claims she was standing just a foot away from her boyfriend when she fired the gun, before running from the house and screaming on Monday (June 26).

Reports suggest their three-year-old daughter was at the scene at the time of the incident.

Claudia Ruiz, who was the aunt of Pedro Ruiz III, told WDAY-TV that her nephew told her that the stunt would gain him more viewers in his quest for fame.

But she says she had warned him against conducting the stunt, adding: "They were in love, they loved each other. It was just a prank gone wrong."

The couple have previously posted several pranks on YouTube.

Before filming the shooting, Perez had tweeted: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever HIS idea not MINE."

If Perez, who is pregnant, is convicted she faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 (£15,400).