Stephens is now urging other parents to watch over their kids, saying: ‘Monitor their phones, just monitor your children.’
A lot of children use the internet today. Some even spend hours chatting and talking with friends online, sharing their private lives with other users. Today, Facebook and Instagram live has allowed these youngsters to broadcast their videos live.
13-year-old Malachi Hemphill of Forest Park, Georgia, was showing off a gun he had on Instagram live. He posed with the gun, showing his friends his new ‘toy’.
It was until Malachi’s mom, Shaniqua Stephens, heard a loud bang from Malach’s room, that she realized something was wrong.
Stephens and her daughter kicked in Malachi’s door, only to find him on a pool of his own blood. Apparently, while playing with the gun, he accidentally pulls the trigger and shoots himself dead.
The teen was rushed to Grady Hospital in Atlanta, but it was too late.
Stephens told WXIA: ‘This is just a pain that will never go away. He was my only son. He was just only 13. Just the thought of me seeing him on the floor will never leave my brain,’ she said.
Stephens says they tried to keep track of their son’s social media activity, but he continued to create dozens of accounts, making it harder for them to track.
According to reports, 40-50 children rushed to Malachi’s house after seeing the incident online. Everybody was shocked at the heart-breaking incident. It remains unclear how the 13-year-old got hold of the gun, although Stephens said it had been passed around through friends.