Dad dies in gun prank

Mum charged over YouTube stunt

Herald Sun - - WORLD - WIRES

A PREG­NANT mum, 19, has been ar­rested af­ter shoot­ing her boyfriend dead in front of their daugh­ter, 3, in a prank they had planned to win fame.

Mona Lisa Perez was charged with sec­ond-de­gree man­slaugh­ter in the death of Pe­dro Ruiz III, 22, the Star Tri­bune re­ported.

Mr Ruiz re­port­edly had been push­ing Ms Perez to go through with his lat­est prank, in which he would hold a hard­cover en­cy­clopae­dia to his chest while she shot it.

From less than half a me­tre away Ms Perez pulled the trig­ger on a .50-cal­i­bre Desert Ea­gle pis­tol, de­scribed in on­line ad­ver­tise­ments as “one of the world’s most powerful semi­au­to­matic hand­guns”.

Ear­lier, Ms Perez had posted on her Twit­ter ac­count: “Me and Pe­dro are prob­a­bly going to shoot one of the most dan­ger­ous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE,” she wrote.

Po­lice in Nor­man County, Min­nesota, 75km from Fargo, North Dakota, say videos of the shoot­ing would not be re­leased at this time.

Mr Ruiz’s aunt, Clau­dia Ruiz, said Ms Perez would never de­lib­er­ately hurt him.

“They were in love. It was just a prank gone wrong,” she told the Twin Cities Pi­o­neer Press.

“He told me he had an idea. I said ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it. Why are you going to use a gun, why?’,” Ms Ruiz told Val­ley News Live.

“‘Be­cause we want more view­ers’, he said.

“I wish they wouldn’t have done it. I wish he would’ve just done an­other prank. He was so young. He had so much going for him,” she said.

Mr Ruiz and Ms Perez can be seen on YouTube do­ing pranks, in­clud­ing Do­ing Scary Stunts at the Fair Part 1.

He can also be seen on his Face­book page chas­ing storms.

In Face­book com­ments roughly an hour be­fore Mr Ruiz was killed, Ms Perez wrote: “We are in the process of mak­ing Pe­dro a YouTube chan­nel oh man is it going to be sweet! LOL.”

She added: “All the crazy stuff on his chan­nel and mine will be our fam­ily life!!!”

Pe­dro Ruiz III with part­ner Mona Lisa Perez.

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