However, after roughly five minutes of recording, about a dozen gun shots rang out from off camera, and Perkins was hit — and the video captured bloody grass and more as the phone tumbled to the ground.
From there, the screen went black as Perkins' family and friends screamed in horror around him, and for an entire half hour you can hear people trying to help him as paramedics arrive and attempt to save his life.
Perkins' friends say he wasn't a gang member, nor the target of the shooting, with one telling the media:
"Stop judging, everybody. Stop judging us like that. His life really did matter."
And Perkins' father Daniel Cole added:
"A lot of people loved my son; he was a good person."
Surprisingly, the video has NOT been taken down from Facebook, with a company spokesperson indicating that because the video doesn't glorify death, it does not violate the social media site's terms and policies.
It has, however, been tagged with an explicit content warning.
The brunette shared a sweet photo with her former flame and penned a heartbreaking caption in his memory.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
"My deepest love goes out to those who saw jose as more than an athlete, but as a passionate, raw human being. The heart break is unbearable. There was so much more to him than anyone could even begin to understand. I'm fortunate enough to have loved and be loved by jose, and his family, for over 3 crazy beautiful years."
Miz Mendoza admitted she will always love the 24-year-old, and told her followers to never take moments with their loved ones for granted, adding: