A Houston teenager is dead after his attempt to take a selfie with a gun for Instagram took a turn for the worst.

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19-year old Deleon Alonso Smith was taking a selfie with a gun to post on the popular picture sharing website yesterday, when the firearm went off and pierced his throat. The teen’s uncle tried to save him but was unsuccessful.

Smith was slated to start community college this fall, and leaves behind two daughters. Smith’s cousin, who was in the other room, says Smith was not suicidal. According to reports, the teen had visited his grandmother on her birthday before taking the fatal selfie.


Police are still investigating.