What was intended to be a harmless selfie ended in tragedy for one Houston teen.
Deleon Alonso Smith, 19, was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2015 following a self-inflicted gunshot wound while taking a selfie with a gun.
With the rapid growth of social media on the Internet, taking a picture of yourself and sharing it on social networking sites (a.k.a. a selfie) has become a massive phenomenon.
According to investigators, Smith and a cousin were taking photos of themselves holding a gun and posting them online. While posing for a selfie the gun discharged, killing Smith.
Smith’s cousin was in another room of the apartment when the fatal shot was fired. He told police they found the gun earlier that day and the weapon was thought to be unloaded.
Though Houston Police Department investigators are still looking into the incident, “all indications are this is an accident.”
According to CBS-affiliate KHOU, family members of the victim also said the shooting was accidental and that Smith never talked about suicide.
The victim leaves behind two young daughters.