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Prosecutors release videos, transcript of moments that led to fatal YouTube stunt in Minnesota

Pedro Ruiz died last year attempting a YouTube stunt with a gun.

Video and a transcript of the conversation between 20-year-old Monalisa Perez and 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz explains in detail the harrowing moments before Perez pulled the trigger on a .50 caliber handgun, killing Perez in a YouTube stunt gone wrong last year. 

According to a transcript released by Norman County prosecutors, Perez was very nervous about doing the stunt in the small western Minnesota town of Halsted, which involved Ruiz holding a book over his chest, and Perez shooting at the book.

The bullet passed through the book and hit Ruiz, killing him.

At one point, Perez can be heard saying: "Babe, I'm not doing this. I can't."

Ruiz urged her to follow through, drawing her response: "Babe, if I kill you what’s gonna happen to my life. Like, no this isn’t okay."

In addition to the transcript, prosecutors released a series of videos from the case, by doing so showing that Perez was very afraid of what might happen if the stunt were to go wrong. 

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One video shows Ruiz holding the gold-plated, tiger-striped Desert Eagle handgun saying he was "hoping she hits the book and not me." 

“What's the point of this? I really just want to see if a .50 caliber bullet can go through a book," Ruiz says, later adding: "I'm not just going to set it and shoot it. No. I'm going to stand behind it."

Ruiz noted that his goal was to provide subscribers of his YouTube channel an adrenaline rush by performing death-defying acts, and said he wanted to be "crazier" than the stunts from MTV's "Jackass."

“So if I’m going to die, I’m pretty much ready to go to heaven right now. If I die, I’ll be ready for Jesus," Ruiz said. "He probably won’t accept me into the pearly gates because of how stupid this is, but I have confidence that my girlfriend will hit the book and not me. Let's do it." 

Court documents show that Ruiz convinced Perez, who was pregnant with their child at the time, to act out the stunt by showing her a book he'd previously shot, telling her that the bullet hadn't gone all the way through.

Ruiz held a hardcover encyclopedia to his chest while Perez shot him outside their home, standing barely a foot away from him at the time.

Perez pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Warning: the videos below contain upsetting content

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