1. Pregnant teen “accidentally shot dead” her boyfriend in front of their toddler in failed YouTube stunt.
Tragic outcome for couple trying to become ‘YouTube Famous’ https://t.co/4fJL1i6jrH
— Luke Hellier (@lukehellier) June 28, 2017
A 19-year-old pregnant woman has been arrested in relation to the death of her boyfriend, who was allegedly shot and killed during a YouTube stunt gone wrong, the Star Tribune reports.
Monalisa Perez – a mother of one who is also expecting her second child, a boy – was charged with second-degree manslaughter after she allegedly shot her 22-year-old boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III in their northern Minnesota home on Monday night.
In the stunt – which was performed in front of the couple’s three-year-old daughter – Pedro held a thick, hardcover encyclopaedia against his chest as Monalisa allegedly pulled the trigger on a .50-caliber pistol while just 30cm away.
The plan was for the book to protect Pedro from the bullet.
The pistol used is described as “one of the world’s most powerful semiautomatic handguns” and the bullet went through the book, piercing Pedro’s chest and allegedly causing his death.
The incident was allegedly caught on two different cameras, but police say they are not releasing any footage at this time.
An aunt told WDAY-TV that Pedro had told her about his plans for the dangerous stunt.
“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?'” she said.
“[He replied] ‘Because we want more viewers. We want to get famous.'”
Monalisa is due to appear in court later today.
2. A 16-year-old girl is among three dead after a light plane crash in South Australia.
A Mt Barker pilot, 78, as well as two Mt Gambier women, 43 and 16, died in today’s plane crash, police reveal.https://t.co/y20cTBVw5Q
— ABC News Adelaide (@abcnewsAdelaide) June 28, 2017