A teenager by the name of Deleon Alonso Smith fatally shot himself while taking a selfie. Mr. Smith posed with the gun in his mirror before it accidentally went off and struck him in the neck killing him instantly. The teen shot himself in an apartment on Forum Park Drive in Southwest Houston, Tx.
Deleon was survived by his two younger children. According to the family, the teen was set to start college the week of his death. The use of guns by urban teens to display their masculinity was covered during Episode 2 of the Digital Parent Podcast with Dr. Desmond Patton. Dr. Patton discussed how teens without a history of violence sometime feel the need to show toughness through social media in order to navigate their surrounding. Although the majority of young black teens are not in gangs, some teens still feel the need to flash guns on social media to warn gang members that they are carrying protection.