Pregnant Latina mom shot BF dead in YouTube prank gone wrong, proving social media has gone too far

Pedro Ruiz III shot by Monalisa Perez in prank
Image via La MonaLisa/YouTube

Behind the picture-perfect selfies and the countless hashtags, is the very dark side of social media that folks don't really talk about. This latest story is what happens when it's taken too far. Pedro Ruiz III, was an aspiring YouTube star living in rural Minnesota, who wanted so badly to be famous that he was shot by his pregnant girlfriend in a prank video completely gone wrong. 

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Ruiz had convinced his 19-year-old girlfriend, Monalisa Perez to try shooting him while carrying a thick encyclopedia. The plan was that the bullet wouldn't go through the book (which would serve as a barrier), they'd document it all on video, and it would make them instantly famous. What he didn't think was that the bullet would actually go through the pages and kill him. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened. 

Hours before the shooting, Perez tweeted: "Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE."

The devastating incident took place three months after the young couple launched their YouTube vlog, La MonaLisa. A channel where they documented their life with their 3-year-old daughter but also shared silly pranks and stunts. But according to Ruiz's aunt, the couple was desperate to get famous on YouTube and the bullet book stunt was their master attempt at achieving that. 

"He had told me about an idea. I said, 'don't do it, don't do it,'" Claudia Ruiz told Valley News Live. "Why are you going to use a gun? Why?" His reason for wanting to do this was, "Because, we want more viewers." 

Have we really gotten to this point? Have we really gotten to a place where young adults are sacrificing their own lives all for fame and viewers? This is absolutely tragic. 

The story gets sadder. Ruiz's girlfriend is 7 months pregnant with his second kid and has been arrested and placed in jail for discharge of a firearm. Apparently they had staged this stunt beforehand and Perez never wanted to do it but Ruiz had convinced her that the bullet wouldn't go through. Now she's being charged with manslaughter while pregnant and her boyfriend is dead. 

Social media should never have to come to something like this. While there are perks and advantages to Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook, it should never get to a point where it cost someone their mental health, happiness, or life.

Studies have shown a significant increase in depression and anxiety among young adults and even adolescents due to social media. This is just another example of what can happen when it's all taken too far. Something needs to change. Conversations need to take place because the fact that a 22-year-old died in efforts to become famous on YouTube is absolutely not okay. This should not be happening. 

Topics: accident  death