In a YouTube Stunt Gone Wrong, Pregnant 19-Year-Old Kills Father of Her Child

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“Do it for the Vine” was a term coined during the app’s peak days, back in the early to mid-2010s. But, with the social media application now defunct (RIP), it’s back to doing everything for YouTube. Sadly, ~doing it for the YouTube video~ is how one young man lost his life… at the hands of his teenage girlfriend.

According to Star Tribune, 19-year-old MonaLisa Perez shot and killed her 22-year-old boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, in a YouTube stunt gone horribly wrong.

Here’s what was supposed to happen: the 22-year-old male was supposed to hold a book against his chest — which he did — while she shot at the book with a gun — which she did. He reportedly showed her a different book than the one they ended up using (which was an encyclopedia, FYI) with a bullet hole in it, and it didn’t go all the way through, so he figured theirs should work out the same way. But we all know what happened.

Soon after tweeting about their “dangerous” video shoot, Perez was left with a hole in his chest, and died from the injury. MonaLisa, in turn, was arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter, which is considered a felony that carries out a reported maximum sentence of 10 years, a fine of $20,000 or both.

“He had told me about that idea,” his aunt told WDAY-TV, “and I said, ‘Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why?'”

She quoted him as replying, “‘Because we want more viewers. We want to get famous.'”

To make matters even worse, the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, was nearby, plus MonaLisa’s pregnant with their unborn son, who’s expected in late September.
Sadly, 2016 marked a tragic time for YouTubers as well: