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Tragic! 13-year Old boy Shoots Himself to Death on Instagram Live



Malachi Hemphill. Photo via 11Alive

This is really heartbreaking!

Malachi Hemphill, 13 was on Instagram live when he accidentally shot and killed himself in Forest Park, Georgia.

After hearing a loud bang from his room on Monday evening, Malachi’s mother Shaniqua Stephens and sister ran upstairs, only to find him in the pool of his blood.

“We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood. My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live,” Shaniqua said.

Forest Park Police said they responded at about 10:40PM. Malachi was rushed to Grady Hospital where he died.

“This is just a pain that will never go away. 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,” Shaniqua said.

She added that it was an accident and immediately after that, about 40 or 50 of his friends rushed to their house.

“There was about 40 to 50 kids outside. 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 said.

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.

Shaniqua said she was told Malachi got the weapon from a friend who got it from someone else.

The police said it is consulting with the Clayton County D.A.’s office, and charges may be filed, depending on where investigation leads.

Malachi’s stepfather Ernest Stephens said: “I can happen to the best parents, it can happen to the best people. The best ones that loved their kids, you know? I just always let them know about situations and decisions.”

“(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,” Shaniqua said.


  1. funmilola

    April 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

    keep children off social media until they’re mature to handle the responsibilities of it, even adults are still battling with the evils of social media not to talk less of kids

    • Dee

      April 15, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Unfortunately, its hard to keep them away as these platforms are talked about everywhere ,even thier teachers… if they don’t access it at home, they will at school. we can only try to instill good morals in them .
      pray they go in the right direction,and not be victims of peer pressure…God help us

  2. xtsy

    April 15, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I am more committed in my resolve to keep my children off social media until they reach the age of maturity. At this age, devices should be seen as a source of quick access to educational materials and not to be pressured by peer’s 24/7.

  3. Poesy

    April 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Was it social media that killed him or the gun? How did he get hold of that gun in the first place?

    • Iris

      April 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      As in! The article confused me as did the first three comments. Why is no one asking what a 13 year old is doing with a gun? I’m currently watching Designated Survivor and the episode is about gun control. I don’t understand how you pretty much need less paperwork to own a gun in America than i need to open a bank account.

  4. nene

    April 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    was he retarded? didn’t he know the gun was loaded?

  5. Suga

    April 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Yes @Funmilola, I so concur. Imagine what so much unnecessary exposure has caused this family. Imagine exposing a child to instagtam, Facebook, Twitter etc, for what exactly? Even with the level of nudity that me as a married woman ignores to see and watch sometimes for my sanity. Then imagine how it could have really impacted a child psychological and beyond. Parents please be more firm and smart in growing your children regardless of what is termed envogue this days to avoid a lifetime regret. Everything is obviously abused nowadays! God have mercy!!

  6. nwa nna

    April 15, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Social media has created a MONSTER!!! RIP young homie.

  7. Rainbow

    April 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    This has go nothing to do with social media. We’ve heard cases of children as young as 7 years old on more than one occasion playing with a gun and accidentally shot their baby sister or brother in their home. How do they get the gun? If you play with fire, it will burn you. He played with a gun and he was killed by the gun. It is very simple.


    April 15, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    YOU ALL MISSED THE POINT – he was being bullied in school : live – and not on social media.

    Again, he was not playing with a gun!!! – HE TOLD HIS CLOSEST FRIENDS THAT HE WAS GOING TO KILL HIMSELF!!!

    That was a cry for help – and don’t forget he was 13 years! Even adults who suffer depression sometimes kill themselves… not to talk of a boy who just entered adolescence…

    WHY DID THE PARENTS NOT DO ENOUGH TO REASSURE HIM THAT HE MATTERS EVEN THOUGH THEY KNEW OF THE CATALOGUE OF BULLYING HE HAD GONE THROUGH – WHICH THE MOTHER LISTED IN HR VIDEO [the mother herself also spoke of her regret that she did not ”validate” him, and tell him that ‘he matters’ ]!




    4. THEY NEED TO FIX THEIR BROKEN SOCIETY – where crudity and vile behaviour is celebrated!!!

  9. Abisola

    April 15, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    it so terrible,where did he see the gun…. such is life

  10. RE

    April 15, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    This is not about social media, this kind of stuff have been happening since. The same thing happened to Lil Wayne in 1994, when he was 12, there was no social media then.
    People have always been acting out of place, social media just allows us to know what is happening.

  11. Idomagirl

    April 16, 2017 at 2:28 am

    People are more concerned with blaming social media than the actual fact of how easy it is to get and use a gun in the US.
    Don’t blame social media for this please.

  12. Savannah Cradduck

    April 17, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    His Instagram name is In the top left of The Screenshot of the live video

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