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Teen dad dies after accidentally shooting himself while taking selfie

David Kearns

Published 02/09/2015 | 12:18

Deleon Alonso Smith Credit: Facebook
Deleon Alonso Smith Credit: Facebook

A teenage father-of-two accidentally killed himself while taking a selfie with a loaded gun.

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Deleon Alonso Smith (19) died from a single gunshot wound to the throat after accidentally pulling the trigger while posing for a picture with a 9mm handgun.

The young dad-of-two had been taking pictures of himself and his cousin while holding the weapon.

Police were called to his apartment in Houston, Texas, at around 1.30pm.

His cousin was in another room of the apartment when the shooting happened, police said.

It is believed the teens found the gun earlier that day, and investigators are now looking into exactly where. 

The father-of-two is believed to have found the gun earlier in the day Credit: Facebook
The father-of-two is believed to have found the gun earlier in the day Credit: Facebook

Speaking to local radio, the teenager’s uncle Eric Douglas said "it's the worst feeling in my life."

Grandmother Alma Douglas added: "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."

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