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Social Media Involved In Three Separate Teen Deaths

A sixth-grader from North Carolina died after attempting a social media challenge.

Da'Vorius Christopher “Chi Chi” Gray, 11, died March 15, according to WLBT.

Da'Vorius' mother, Latrice Hurst, released a statement through the family’s pastor, reports WLBT:

“If I could rewind time I would go back and monitor heavily his use of social media, youtube and the internet. He was on a sight called ‘kick’ and had been playing games called ‘hangman’ and pass-out challenge where kids choke themselves to the point of passing out and it is apparently a widely popular game. He showed no signs of depression or destructive behavior, but Davorius was prankster and love to play tricks. He talked about how much he loved his family and people and never showed us any sign otherwise.”

Nicole Lovell, 13, went missing Jan. 27 from her Virginia home and her body was found a few hours later in neighboring North Carolina.

Lovell was actively involved on a teen Facebook dating page, according to The Roanoke Times, but police did not confirm this was how she met David Eisenhauer, the Virginia Tech student accused of her murder.

The third case was that of Sydney Sellers, 14, who died Dec. 7, 2014, after hanging herself with a belt in her bedroom in Pell City, Alabama.

Her parents found she had been using Kik messenger app and that shortly before her death she had discussed erotic asphyxiation with a stranger.

“I started looking and there was a conversation happening at the moment she died between her and a person who purported himself to be a teenage boy and it was disgusting and he was giving her instructions of what to do,” Jennifer, Sydney’s mother, told CBN.

Jennifer added the man could not be traced due to Kik’s anonymity.

She said her daughter had shown no signs of depression, but after her death, Jennifer discovered she was being bullied at school.

She urged parents to monitor their children’s online activities.

“If you bought that phone, if you pay for that phone, I don’t care what they say about their privacy,” Jennifer told CBN. “That is your property. You have a right to know what’s on it.”

Sources: WLBT, The Roanoke Times, CBN / Photo credit: Gilmore Mortuary via WLBT

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