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Teen shoots himself while taking selfie

How fun can taking a selfie be? And just how much more dangerous can it be? Well, a 19-year-old Texas man who was posing with a gun for a social media selfie photo accidentally shot himself and died from the wounds.

The gun blast hit Deleon Alonso Smith in the throat killing him instantly.

A witness told police he was taking a selfie with a gun and the gun accidentally discharged,
The tragedy occurred just one day before Mr Smith was due to begin community college.
“It’s the worst feeling in my life,” Eric Douglas, the victim’s uncle said.

“It’s a numb feeling. It’s still unbelievable,” Smith’s grandmother Alma Douglas told the station. “Yesterday was my birthday and he came to wish me happy birthday, and then to hear this kind of news.”
Mr Smith’s sister said her brother had just begun to get his life back on track.
“That’s what happens and then the devil try to mess with you,” she told

Investigator’s said that Smith’s cousin was in another room at the time the gun went off.
The cousin told police they found the gun earlier in the day.
Investigations are continuing.

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