Then his mother heard the loud, unmistakeable "boom" of a gun firing.
It has been reported viewers to the feed told Malachi to put the safety clip on the gun but that it went off as he went to do so.
"We kicked in the door".
Stephens' daughter found the teen's phone on the floor, and noticed it was still streaming through Instagram Live.
Stephens claims numerous children watching the stream flooded the area outside their house after they saw or became aware of what happened, estimating 40 or 50 children in the street following the incident.
"There were about 40 to 50 kids outside", she said. "'I guess when it happened they just ran over here".
His mother, Shaniqua Stephens, told the news station that she knew something was wrong with him when she heard the sound of a shot coming from Malachi's bedroom.
However, the question is how Malachi Hemphill got the gun and what made him doing it on Instagram Live?
Her 13-year-old son had apparently live streamed the entire thing as dozens of friends looked on.
Stephens said it was an accident and not an intentional suicide. "Monitor their phones, just monitor your children", Stephens said. Investigators are looking into finding out who originally had the gun and passed it to the friend, the news station notes. She said she and her husband often monitored his social media profiles and tried to set a good example, but warned other parents that despite a family's best efforts, a bad influence outside the home can still seep through.
Yet another child has lost his life because of a gun - this time, in a horrific accident that was broadcast on Instagram for all his friends to see. "Monitor their phones, just monitor your children", she said. It can happen to the best people. The best ones that loved their kids, you know?'