Teen's Selfie With Gun Was His Last Mistake

Houston 19-year-old leaves 2 young daughters
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2015 1:33 AM CDT
Updated Sep 2, 2015 2:00 AM CDT
Teen's Selfie With Gun Was His Last Mistake
One of Smith's earlier Facebook photos.   (Facebook via New York Daily News)

Deleon Smith, a 19-year-old father of two young girls, was supposed to start community college in Houston today. Instead, he's in the news as the latest person to die because of a spectacularly ill-advised selfie. Police say the teenager and his cousin apparently found a gun yesterday, and Smith was taking photos with the loaded weapon and uploading them to social media when he accidentally shot himself in the throat, Click2Houston reports.

"It's a numb feeling. It's still unbelievable. Yesterday was my birthday and he came to wish me happy birthday, and now this kind of news," Smith's grandmother tells Click2Houston. Family members say Smith's daughters are 1 and 3 years old and that this would have been his first day of classes at Houston Community College, KTRK reports. Police have taken Smith's cellphone as part of the investigation and are trying to figure out who owns the weapon. (This man's selfie wrecked his car, injured four friends, and landed him in court.)

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