Instagram’s latest feature, Instagram live, allows users the option of broadcasting activities to their followers in real time much like many of the competing live updates and applications on other social media accounts.
The feature can be beneficial to individuals trying to brand themselves or share fun, lighthearted moments. The feature also seems to persuade others to engage in dangerous stunts and broadcast them in order to draw followers or perhaps acquire internet notability.
In the case of 13-year-old Malachi Hemphill, a live Instagram stream with a number of his friends quickly escalated into a fatal accident.
Upon hearing a loud noise upstairs, Malachi’s mother Shaniqua Stephens did not know what to think but had suspected the noise may have been a gunshot.
Shaniqua and her daughter shockingly ran to find Malachi tragically wounded.
Mrs. Stephens claims that her son’s death was an accidental shooting as well. The Forest Park police reported there was no evidence suggesting that Malachi intended his suicide.
Malachi’s sister is the one who noticed her brother was on Instagram live. She informed her mother to turn off his phone, as there were a number of viewers watching when the accident occurred.
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