Thursday, June 29, 2017

YouTube stunt goes terribly wrong as young man is accidentally shot and killed by his pregnant teenage girlfriend

Pedro Ruiz

My reporting of this story was first aired on Fox News Headlines 24/7 on Sirius XM 115.

A rising YouTube star - known for his and his girlfriend's outrageous acts on camera - is dead after a stunt designed to gain them even more followers ends his life.

Twenty-two-year-old Pedro Ruiz of Halstad, Minnesota and his 19-year-old 7-month-pregnant girlfriend had been gaining a loyal YouTube following doing goofy things for their fans.

Cops and relatives say the girlfriend - Monalisa Perez - fired a 50 caliber handgun from about a foot away into a book held by Ruiz against his chest. The book was supposed to stop the bullet. It didn't. And Ruiz was killed.

Relatives and friends say they'd practiced the stunt using another book - which did stop the bullet. A friend says, she begged him not to do it, but he was insistent - he wanted more YouTube viewers.

So now, instead of being the stars they wanted to be, Ruiz is dead - and Perez is in jail - charged with second-degree manslaughter.

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