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High Spirited Teen Shoots Himself in the Head on Instagram Live

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

As if we were not already dealing with the impact of live videos on Facebook, such as the Easter killings by Steve Stephens….now we must be concerned with other outlets for live streaming as well.

A young, lively, 13-year-old teenager accidentally killed himself on Instagram live while he was playing with a gun.  The 7th grader had just taken out trash, according to his mother, and she heard an unusual sound: a gunshot. “There had to be about ten minutes and I heard a boom and I keep playing it in my head. We ran upstairs where the door was locked, I saw my baby in a pool of blood,” Shaniqua Stephens stated as she recalled when they found Malachi Hemphill.

Stephens said about three dozen, panicked neighborhood kids came running to her house, before the police even arrived. His Godmother, Shanteria Bankston, added: “He was on Instagram Live with a gun and a lot of his friends saw this. If someone would have said something, maybe Malachi would be still here today.”

The boy was rushed to Grady Memorial hospital but unfortunately, he did not survive his injuries.

There have been charges in Malachi’s death, relating to the person who gave him the gun.

Fox News reports:

Forest Park police said they have charged another juvenile after a 13-year-old boy accidentally shot himself while broadcasting live on Instagram.

Police said the juvenile they arrested furnished the firearm to Malachi Hemphill. Police would not release the child’s name or the charges, but said they were numerous.

The community is praying for the family, and Shaquille O’Neil came to their aid by paying for Malachi’s funeral and visiting the family.

Meanwhile, we need to figure out a solution to curbing the epidemic of deaths being live streamed. We are becoming more and more desensitized, and that is not a positive thing.


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About the author

Keely Sharp

Keely Sharp

Keely is a 23-year-old conservative writer for many different sites, including While she lives in Georgia, she grew up in Florida. Keely is pro-life, Christian, and a member of the NRA. When she is not writing, she enjoys going to the range and hiking with her dogs.

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