New Details About Pregnant Teen Who Killed Boyfriend In Front Of 3-Year-Old Daughter In YouTube Prank To Gain Followers

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She has been charged with second degree manslaughter.

“Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. His idea, not mine.”

That was the tweet 19-year-old Monalisa Perez sent before she shot and killed her boyfriend June 26 with a gold Desert Eagle .50-caliber handgun in a failed attempt to prove that a book could stop a bullet shot from a foot away for their YouTube Channel. The Minnosota teen told police her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz, planned the stunt and used a hardcover encyclopedia to protect himself.

According to police, Ruiz had convinced Perez to do the stunt by showing her a book that had successfully stopped a bullet. 

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He died at the scene, and the incident was filmed on two cameras. 

The couple, who have been dating for five years, recorded at least 18 videos together for their channel called La MonaLisa since May, which promotes "the real life of a young couple who happen to be teen parents. From highs to lows. Achievements to struggles.”

They performed stunts and pulled pranks on each other in the hopes of getting more subscribers. Eating the world's hottest pepper and staying at a haunted hotel were some of their tamer videos. 

They even announced the gender of their second child, who Perez is currently pregnant with, on their channel for their almost 4,000 subscribers. In a recent video, Perez said she was 25 weeks pregnant and decided to name the newborn after Ruiz. 

"I'm a little nervous for things to change, but I think it's normal to be nervous," she told her viewers. 

Their 3-year-old daughter, who is featured in a few of their videos, witnessed the shooting. 

“I wish they wouldn’t have done it. I wish he would’ve just done another prank,” the victim’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, told WDAY-TV. She also said that the couple did the stunt to boost Perez's online following. 

"He had told me about that idea and I said, 'Don't do it. Don't do it. Why are you going to use a gun? Why?'" Ruiz told the TV station. "They were in love, they loved each other. It was just a prank gone wrong."

Perez was charged with second-degree manslaughter and faces up to 10 years in prison, and a fine of up to $20,000. She posted her $7,000 bail and will return to court July 5. 

Police said they are not going to release the video of the shooting. 

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