Viewers of the live feed reportedly begged Malachi to put the safety clip on the gun, but it went off as he went to do so.
Numerous campaigners have called for changes to American gun laws over the years, with people complaining it is too easy for United States citizens to get hold of deadly weapons. A few minutes later, Stevens knew something was off.
"I heard a big boom".
Ms. Stephens said she was unsure how her son had got hold of the gun, but believed he may have been given it by a friend.
His mother said she constantly monitored his social media accounts. The boy was being watched by his followers when he accidentally shot himself. My daughter screamed and said, "Mom turn his phone off".
Pictured, Forest Hill, Georgia teen, Malachi Hemphill. He was taken to a hospital but he died instantly. On Wednesday night, his loved ones gathered in Forest Park for a vigil.
She said one of the friends watching the live video had asked Malachi to put an ammunition clip in the gun. Most wanted to let his parents know that he had just been injured while streaming on the app. I guess these were the kids that were watching on live that live in the area.
She hopes that her son's death is a lesson to keep a vigilant eye on what children are doing and who they are doing it with, "Monitor their phones, just monitor your children".
The boy's step father, Ernest Stephens reiterated the notion of being a role model to their children, having previously spoken to Malachi about wrong and right, while maintaining that a wrong influence outside of the home, 'can still lead to heartbreak'.
"This is just a pain that will never go away", she said. "I couldn't tell if it was a gunshot or what. She heard it came from a friend".
She joined friends and family shedding tears, many still in disbelief, as they mourned the death of a teen boy.
His parents describe him as a talented and smiling young man that they will always remember.