In Atlanta, Georgia, a boy was broadcasting live from his room when his mother heard a frightening sound. Unfortunately, the teen was trying to be a thug, and he paid the ultimate price. In fact, the footage was so graphic that his friends, who had been watching online, showed up at his house to check on the horrific aftermath, and many will never be the same after what was witnessed.
Shaniqua Stephens told 11Alive that she had just watched her 13-year-old son, Malachi Hemphill, take out the trash. Afterward, he went back upstairs to his room, and that’s when she heard the chilling noise. “I just knew that it was something that was wrong,” she said. After she and her daughter ran upstairs, they found Malachi.
“We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood,” Stephens recalled. “My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”
According to Fox8, Malachi was showing off a gun on Instagram Live when it suddenly went off. He was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.
Ms. Stephens stated that viewers showed up at their house to see what had happened. “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.”
The heartbroken mother is now urging parents to keep a close eye on their children and check in with them often. She does not know where the boy got the gun and believes that someone online asked him to load it. She is convinced that the death was an accident rather than a suicide. Police are investigating to find out where the gun had come from.
“(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,” Stephens explained. “Monitor their phones, just monitor your children. More now than anything.”
It is clear to many that Ms. Stephens and her husband Ernest tried to be attentive parents and serve as positive role models for their children. No parent can monitor their child 24 hours a day, but they can teach them about guns and the dangers of associating with minors who possess them.
Malachi was showing off with the gun, and it’s sad to think that the tragedy could have been avoided. Perhaps, if guns were not such a taboo in the liberal media, people would be less enamored with them and accidents of this nature could be avoided.
Gun control is not the answer. Education is the answer. If Malachi Hemphill had been given an appropriate perspective on the lawful possession and handling of firearms, this entire nightmare may not have unfolded.