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Pregnant Minnesota mom fatally shoots boyfriend in YouTube prank gone wrong

June 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Pregnant Minnesota mom fatally shoots boyfriend in YouTube prank gone wrong

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A pregnant Minnesota mom fatally shot a 22-year-old man during a fame-pursuing YouTube stunt gone wrong.

As Pedro Ruiz attempted to rack up views and subscribers on YouTube, he told his girlfriend to fire a .50 caliber handgun at a book that he held to his chest- likely believing that the book would catch the bullet.

Police who were responding to reports of gunshots outside of a residence in Halstad pronounced the man dead at the scene, CBS Valley News Live reported.

The pregnant teen fatally shot boyfriend in YouTube prank gone wrong (Image Youtube)

“I wish they wouldn’t have done it. I wish he would’ve done another prank,” the victim’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, said.

The couple had recorded and posted YouTube stunts prior, including one where the man’s 20-year-old girlfriend Monalisa Perez served him a donut covered in baby powder.

However, they were hoping that their latest escapade would help them become famous, according to his aunt.


“He told me about an idea. I said, don’t do it,” Claudia Ruiz added. “Why are you going to use a gun? Why? Because we want viewers.”

Perez is the mother of the pair’s 3-year-old and is seven months pregnant with their second baby. She has been charged with reckless discharge of a gun.

“The fact that she has to live with this for the rest of her life is a charge to me,” the aunt added, noting that the baby, which is a boy, will be named after his dad.

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