Arrest made in death of teen who shot himself while live on Instagram

The NBA star is stepping up to help.

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- Police have made an arrest in the death of a teen who accidentally shot himself while he was live on Instagram.

Malachi Hemphill, 13, was handling a gun while broadcasting live on the social media site when the firearm went off On April 10. Hemphill was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

Police said on Monday that an investigation has led to the arrest of a juvenile who allegedly furnished the firearm to Hemphill. That juvenile has been charged with numerous offenses related to the incident. 

Family members had previously said that they did not know where Hemphill had gotten the gun from.

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Hemphill's godmother, Shantirea Bankston, said that some of Malachi's friends may have known he had the gun days before the fatal accident.

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has visited Hemphill's family and has promised to pay for his funeral.

Police and family members have said that they hope the accident can serve as a warning to parents and their children to beware of the dangers of playing with guns. 

Photos | 13-year-old dies after Instagram shooting

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