A 14-year-old girl, Nakia Venant was reported dead after she shared a two-hour live streaming of herself plotting to commit suicide in the bathroom of her foster home.
The news report from Miami Herald said the petite girl killed herself overnight on Sunday, January 22, while live streaming the event at around 3:03 a.m. According to officials in charge of the case, the teenager attached her scarf to a shower-glass door frame and hanged herself.
One of Nakia’s friends who witness the whole ordeal on live feed alerted the police in the city but efforts to save the girl were hindered by a series of mishaps. The Miami-Dade Police officers showed up at the friend’s house and she unknowingly gave them the wrong address.
Before they could get to the scene, it was too late. Officers in the area found her hanging in the bathroom — while her foster parents were asleep in their bedroom. They tried to resuscitate her but their efforts were unsuccessful and she was taken to a district Hospital.
A close friend of the deceased family, Gerta Telfort attested to Nakia’s personality and she said:
“Nakia was smart academically, loved to smile and [had] lots of charisma.
“She was her mother’s first child and only girl and that her dream was to write a book on her life. The girl had started a daily journal.”
Despite Facebook claimed that their Community Standards regulates the kinds of content that can be shared on the page and that contents are always monitored for time-sensitive content, there had been similar cases of suicide revealed through live streaming on Facebook.
It was reported that three weeks before Nakia’s death, precisely on Dec. 30, a 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis of Cedartown, Ga., killed herself in a 40-minute live video after saying she had been physically and sexually assaulted by a family member.
Although in recent months, two other suicide attempts in France and Thailand were thwarted when viewers alerted police. But Nakia wasn’t that lucky.
The last words she wrote on her media page captioned:
“Would you like me more dead?? I don’t wanna live no more.
“My life is pointless. I don’t wanna do this anymore.”
In all the comments on her Facebook page, one note that was marked to be from her mother explained the girl’s traumatic history and it captioned:
“I was showing you tough love when you misbehaved.”
The live video post from Nakia dated Jan. 10 has attracted more than 14,000 views and 104 comments. It has now become a memorial to the teenager, with viewers posting notes such as “RIP to this pretty angel.”
Another comment also shared what it feels like to live under foster care and she said:
“I was 13 when I came into foster care. Countless times I wanted to end it all. Often the treatment from people who are supposed to protect you is just as bad as the ones that gave up on you. I thank God that I didn’t choose that path but I understand the pain of the situation. Rest in peace dear.”