The Price of Fame? Woman Shoots Boyfriend In ‘Social Media Stunt Gone Wrong’!
A young American woman, Monalisa Perez, just 19 years’ old, shot and killed her boyfriend in a social media stunt going wrong.
She told police that her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III dreamt up the idea of her shooting a bullet into a book he was holding against his chest – without much forethought to the consequences.
Ms Perez, who is currently pregnant, said the stunt was designed in order to go viral and boost her social media profile. She fired the gun around a foot away from her 22-year-old boyfriend before running away screaming.
Their desire for fame was all-consuming!
Tragically, their three-year-old daughter was allegedly in the room at the time of the shooting, at around 6.30pm on Monday evening.
Tweeting about the stunt before it happened, Ms Perez wrote: “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever HIS idea not MINE”.
Today, we need less attention seeking, egoistical pranks – and more concentration on service to humanity.
Yes, social media is here to stay – and has radically transformed our world. The way we interact is dominated by instant communication across the globe in real time.
Yet the word ‘service’ has been lost in the ego’s perpetual desire for temporary fame. It is driving people to come up with insane ideas that will ‘captivate’ their audience.
If fame comes because of gifts that you share with humanity, then it can be a blessing. Yet attention seeking for its own sake provides only a shallow result.
She also posted on Facebook an hour before the incident:
“We are in the process of making Pedro a YouTube channel oh man is it going to be sweet! LOL.”
She added: “All the crazy stuff will [be] on his channel and mine. Will be our family life!!!”
Perez recently spoke about her desire for viral fame in one of her videos.
“Imagine when we have 300,000 subscribers.”
The victim’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, told WDAY-TV that the couple played pranks and put them on YouTube and that her nephew wanted to do the stunt to get more viewers.
She said: “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?’
“They were in love, they loved each other.”
Perez has already been charged with second-degree manslaughter and now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted.
I personally feel that she has been punished enough – and her daughter has suffered enough. Why do we have to punish and criminalise people for their ‘wrongdoing’ when the results of their actions cruel enough?
Anyone can see this was just a kid who had no idea of the devastating consequences of her actions. As a society, we often expect our young adults of 18 years of age (21 in the USA) to behave like an adult of 30 or 40 but they do not have the life experience, or wisdom.
I would encourage people to hold the energy of compassion for this family and their future. The death of a loved one is bad enough – but inadvertently causing the death of a loved one by your own hands, we can only imagine how that would feel.
It certainly feels terrible to me.