Teen accidentally kills himself as friends watch on Instagram Live
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 15:55
His distraught mother told American news outlet 11Alive: "I heard a big boom".
Mrs Stephens said that others in the video chat recalled that Malachi had been playing with the gun shortly before the accident. Most wanted to let his parents know that he had just been injured while streaming on the app. Her daughter started screaming to her to turn Malachi's phone off after she noticed he filmed the entire incident on Instagram Live.
She and her daughter ran upstairs and found him.
'We kicked in the door.
She heard the gunshot, saw the blood and was there when her 13-year-old son died at the hospital.
Malachi was apparently on his social media account handling the gun when it went off. "We found him just laying there in a pool of blood", Stephens recounted.
It has been reported viewers to the feed told Malachi to put the safety clip on the gun but that it went off as he went to do so.
"This is just a pain that will never go away", she added.
'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. As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live. He was only just 13. Stephens said they rushed to her house afterwards.
"I guess when it happened they just ran over here".
On Monday, a man shot dead his wife and an 8-year-old pupil at a Californian school before turning the gun on himself.
As he was on Instagram Live so several of his friends were watching him when the shooting happened.
Shaniqua is now asking parents to keep a keen eye on their children's internet activities after she was unable to even tell the police what Malachi's Instagram name had been. Both said they tried their best to know where their kids were and who they were friends with.
The boy's step father, Ernest Stephens reiterated the notion of being a role model to their children, having previously spoken to Malachi about wrong and right, while maintaining that a wrong influence outside of the home, 'can still lead to heartbreak'.