Malachi Hemphill a 13 year old Forest Park, Georgia teen has died after‘accidentally’shooting himselff as his friends watch him playing with a gun on Instagram Live. He was posing with a gun on Instagram Live when someone asked him to put the clip in, according to his mother Shaniqua Stephens. Stephens heard a noise, rushed upstairs and found her son in a pool of blood. Malachi was taken to the Grady Hospital where he was pronounced dead. It remains unclear how he got his hands on a gun, although his mother said it had been passed around through friends.
According to the teen’s mom, Shaniqua Stephens, her son shot himself dead while in his bedroom. The mother said her son had been trying to put a clip in the gun when it went off. “I heard a big boom. I couldn’t tell if it was a gun shot or what.” Shaniqua Stephens had just watched her 13-year-old son take out the trash Monday evening when she heard a noise. “I just knew that it was something that was wrong,” she said.
She and her daughter ran upstairs and found him. “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.”.
Thirteen-year-old Malachi Hemphill was live on the social media site Instagram handling the gun when it went off. He was rushed to Grady Hospital where he died.
“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.” 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.’ She has been told that someone asked why he didn’t have a clip in the gun and told him to put a clip in the gun. “As he put the clip in the gun, that is when the gun went off,” she said.
Stephens isn’t completely sure how Malachi got the gun. The parents said they had installed ‘correct’ virtues upon their son, had kept tabs on their son’s activities and who he was friends with, monitored social media activities, set out to be role models, while also kept but nevertheless conceded that some outside influence led to the tragedy. In the aftermath of Malachi’s death, mother Shaniqua has said she wants her son’s tragedy to be a lesson to other parents, to monitor their behavior, their phones, their friends, to never stop asking questions, to know where there children are and what they are doing.
Explained Shaniqua: ‘(The) Detective asked me yesterday, ‘What was Malachi’s Instagram name?’ I couldn’t tell him what Malachi’s Instagram name was because he would make up so many different pages. Monitor their phones, just monitor your children. More now than anything….’ Stephens said: ‘ It was an accident and not an intentional suicide.’
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’. Adding, ‘it can happen to the best parents, the best kids, that it can happen to the best people. The best ones that loved their kids, you know?’ Forest Park police are now investigating how Hemphill was able to attain possession of the gun that led to his death.