Thirteen-year-old Malachi Hemphill accidentally shot himself to death while recording on Instagram Live #Roommates.
According to The Grio , Malachi’s mom, Shaniqua Stephens, said her son had just taken out the trash Monday night when she heard a loud pop.
“I just knew that it was something that was wrong,” she said.
Shaniqua and her daughter immediately ran upstairs to her sons room.
“We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood,” Stephens recounted. “My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”
He was rushed to Grady Hospital where he passed away.
“This is just a pain that will never go away,” she 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.”
Many of his friends who were watching him on IG live when the incident occurred rushed over to his house, after witnessing something that will take years to process.
“There was about 40 to 50 kids outside,” she said. “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.”
Apparently someone asked him why he didn’t have the clip in the gun, and told him to put it in. When he put the clip in, “that is when the gun went off,” his mom said.
His mom admits that she has no clue how he got the gun. A friend of Malachi’s told her he got it from a friend who got it from another person. Detectives are currently trying to pinpoint who the gun belonged to.