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April 16, 2017

Teen shows off gun and accidentally kills himself as friends watch on Instagram.

“I heard a big boom. I couldn’t tell if it was a gunshot 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. Forest Park Police said they responded at about 10:40 p.m. “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."

Stephens said it was an accident and not an intentional suicide. Several of his friends were watching when the shooting happened. Stephens said they rushed to her house afterward. “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. She was told he got the gun from a friend who got it from someone else. Detectives said they are consulting with the Clayton County D.A.'s office, and depending on where their investigation leads, criminal charges are a possibility.

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