Malachi Hemphill, a 13 year old from Georgia, accidentally killed himself on Instagram Live as his friends watched. He was showing off a handgun during the live feed and his parents were completely unaware of what was happening. A shot went off and his parents ran into the room.
"We found him just laying there in a pool of blood," said his mother, Shaniqua Stephens. My daughter screamed and said, 'Mom, turn his phone off!' As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live."
His mother said that many of his friends watching or heard about the live feed ran to the house minutes after he accidentally shot himself. Local police say Hemphill acquired the gun from a friend.
Stephens' hopes that the passing of her son will bring a much needed awareness to the harms of social media and encourages parents keep a close watch on their children.