Thirteen year old, Malachi Hemphill from Georgia accidentally shot and killed himself as friends watched on Instagram live.
Malachi was found, lying pool of blood after his mother, Shaniqua Stephens broke down his bedroom door which she says he never locked.
"He's only 13 and just the thought of me seeing him on the floor will never leave my brain" Mrs Stephens said.
“My daughter screamed and said: ‘Ma turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”
Both Malachi's family and the police are unsure how a gun ended up in the teen's hands as the matter is still being investigated.
The parents are positive they've done their best to raise Malachi right and be role models but now know outside influences still make great impacts.
"Monitor your children" Mrs Stephens stresses. "More now than anything".
In conclusion, I cannot tell everyone to put down their phones and quit videoing. At the current rate, live-streaming is on it's way to becoming the most mainstream way of communicating. Live-streams are practically inevitable. My message is to simply embrace it while keeping the safety of ourselves and others at heart.
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