On June 26th, a YouTube stunt went fatally wrong for two young parents. Monalisa Perez, 19, who was pregnant with the couple’s second child, shot her 22-year-old boyfriend in the chest while their three-year-old daughter looked on. Her child’s father, Pedro Ruiz, had convinced Perez that an encyclopedia held up against his chest would stop the bullet from the .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, but instead, the bullet ripped through him.
Perez has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and faces up to ten years in jail if convicted, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. While prosecutors say they will not be releasing the footage of the shooting, which was caught on camera, they have released the transcript of the 911 call.
The transcript reveals Perez’s panicked frenzy during the last few moments of Ruiz’s life. After she had seen her boyfriend fall, she ran into the house to plug in her dying phone so that she could call 911.
“We were doing a YouTube video, and it went wrong,” she told the dispatcher. “Please hurry up. ... My God, hurry up, please!”
“'He wanted to see if I could shoot his gun in a book and it went and shot him, and it's all on [the] recording,” she said describing the stunt to the 911 dispatcher.
Soon, the pregnant teen realized that emergency responders wouldn’t reach their remote Minnesota home in time.
"Oh, my God, he's dead," Perez told the dispatcher. "He looks like he's dying ma'am. He's all blue... please hurry up ma'am."
She also admitted to the dispatcher that she realized the dangerous nature of the stunt.
"Oh my God, I knew…” she said.
It’s possible that these words will be used to prove that she’s guilty of second-degree manslaughter.
Police released Perez on $7,000 bail reports People. She has to wear a GPS monitor, and she is barred from having access to firearms.
Pray for this poor family in their grief, especially as Perez will soon give birth to the couple’s second child without the support of her boyfriend. You can read the whole story here, as well as see a video from Inside Edition on the power of a Dessert Eagle firearm.