A 13-year-old  boy from accidentally shot and killed himself on Monday as friends watched live on Instagram.

After he took out the trash, Malachi Hemphill appeared on Instagram Live handling a gun. His mother Shaniqua Stephens later learned someone had asked why he didn’t have a clip in the gun and told him to put one in.

Stephens and her daughter heard “a big boom” and ran upstairs.

“I just knew that it was something that was wrong,” she said. “We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood.”

His phone was still on.

“My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!” she recounted. “As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.”


Hemphill was rushed to the hospital where he died. 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.”

Stephens isn’t completely sure how Malachi got the gun. She was told he got it from a friend who got it from someone else. Detectives told her they are working to find out who originally had the gun and passed it to the friend

RIP Malachi