A Georgia mother is warning parents to monitor their children's social media accounts after her 13-year-old son accidentally shot and killed himself on Instagram Live (video below).
Shaniqua Stephens said her son Malachi Hemphill had just finished taking out the trash on April 10 when she heard a loud noise come from his room, WXIA reported.
"I heard a big boom. I couldn’t tell if it was a gun shot or what," Stephens told WXIA. "I just knew that it was something that was wrong."
Stephens and her daughter ran upstairs to see what the commotion was all about. When they opened door, Stephens witnessed every mother's worst nightmare.
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"We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood," Stephens said. "My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!' As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”
Malachi was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he died from his injuries.
"This is just a pain that will never go away," Stephens said. "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."
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Stephens was told that someone had told her son to put a clip in the gun when it went off. The mother said several of Malachi's friends rushed to her house after the shooting happened.
“There was about 40 to 50 kids outside," she recalled. "I guess these were the kids that were watching on live that live in the area. I guess when it happened they just ran over here.”
It is unknown at this time how Malachi came to be in possession of the gun. Stephens said the weapon was being passed around through friends.
Stephens added that she and her husband frequently monitored who their son spent time with and kept track of his social media activity. They said Malachi created numerous social media accounts.
The mother is now urging other parents to be careful and watch over their children.
"Monitor their phones, just monitor your children," Stephens said.
Stephens believes her son's death was accidental, and not a suicide attempt. The death comes after a few teenagers recently recorded their own suicides.
Nakia Venant, from Florida, filmed her suicide in January, the Daily Mail reported. That same week, aspiring Hollywood actor Frederick Jay Bowdy shot himself while streaming on Facebook Live.
Katelyn Nicole Davis, a 12-year-old from Georgia, also broadcasted her own suicide two weeks prior.