Both appeared in numerous YouTube videos and tried to make a new one based on a crazy idea: the woman shot at a book her boyfriend was holding against his chest. Pedro Ruiz held up the book, described by County Attorney James Brue as a hardcover encyclopedia, and Perez pulled the trigger on a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, trying to see whether the bullet would go through. The man was fatally shot.
Monalisa Perez and Pedro Luiz
Before the shooting, a posting went up on Perez’s Twitter account. She was describing what they planned: “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE.” Ruiz was always “putting a dangerous twist on everything he did,” like jumping into the swimming pool from the top of the house. He also liked guns and had many in possession. The only motivation for the crazy fact they did, based on their Youtube dependency, was “because we want more viewers. We want to get famous.” The couple have made, with stunts and pranks prevalent. Ruiz and Perez had been together for six years. They had a 3-year-old daughter. She was now pregnant with a boy.