US Teen accidentally shoots himself on Instagram Live: family

07:26  14 april  2017
07:26  14 april  2017 Source:   CBS News

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Most teenagers use Instagram to connect with their friends and family members, showing off their new make-up, shoes or latest Snapchat filter. But, unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse of a 13-year-old Atlanta boy who was streaming on Instagram Live when he accidentally shot himself .

A Georgia mother is warning parents to monitor their children's social media accounts after her 13-year-old son accidentally shot and killed him on Instagram Live (video below).

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FOREST PARK, Ga. -- A middle school student in Georgia was showing off a gun on social media when he accidentally shot himself in the head and died on Monday, his family said.

Family members say 13-year-old Malachi Stephens traded his iPhone for a handgun just four days before the shooting, CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports.

“That is my godson, Malachi. He was 13 years old and he was in his bedroom playing with a gun on Instagram Live,” Shantiera Bankston told WGCL while holding a portrait of the teen. “He was full of life, he was a good kid, very active, loved dancing.”

Family members consider the shooting an accident and believe the fatal incident would have been prevented if someone had spoken up.

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He shot himself while doing so, leading his peers who had been watching the broadcast to flock to his home in horror. In the past, Instagram has taken a proactive approach to keeping users from accidentally viewing triggering or disturbing content without removing it from the platform altogether.

Thirteen-year-old Malachi Hemphill accidentally killed himself on Instagram Live while he was showing a loaded gun off to his followers. Upon hearing the gunshot, his family kicked in his locked door to find the teen lying in his blood! 10 when he accidentally shot and killed himself .

“He did not kill himself,” said Bankston. “He loved life, he was just playing with a gun and the gun went off… If somebody would have said something, maybe he’d be still here.”

The boy’s father, Ernest Stephens, said Malachi’s mother kicked down his locked bedroom door in Forest Park and found her son lying on the ground.

“When the accident happened inside that room, he was fighting from the time it happened, before the ambulance got here, he was still fighting,” he said.

Malachi later died at an Atlanta hospital. His friends and family members gathered together to light candles in his memory.

Forest Park police are investigating the incident and trying to determine how the teen obtained the weapon.

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