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MIAMI, FL – Authorities say 14-year-old Nakia Venant was live-streaming when she hanged herself in her foster family’s bathroom.

The two hour live-stream happened Sunday night inside the bathroom as Venant made a noose from a scarf. She then attached the scarf to the shower door frame and hanged herself.

One of Venant’s friends saw the live-stream and contacted police, but police first showed up at the friend’s house. They were then provided the wrong address before finally finding the correct residence.

Once inside the home, they found Venant hanging in the bathroom as her foster parents slept. Despite efforts to save her, Venant would be pronounced dead at the hospital.

Administrators with the Florida Department of Children and Families aren’t saying much about the circumstances surrounding Venant’s suicide, only stating that police were investigating the death of a child in the care of a foster family.

“We are absolutely horrified and devastated by the news of this young girl’s death,” said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. “We will do everything we can to support this family and all those who cared for her as they begin to heal from this tragedy. We will conduct a comprehensive, multidisciplinary special review to examine this child’s history and the circumstances related to serving the child.”

What we do know about Venant is that she was active on Facebook, and was a seventh grader at Young Women’s Preparatory Academy. She had younger siblings, but no word on if they lived with her. A friend of her family said Venant dreamed of writing a book about her life and had started a daily journal.

Venant’s death comes just three weeks after 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis live-streamed her suicide by hanging in Georgia.

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  • Kalynada

    RIP. Damn.

  • What is it going to take for someone to realize the system protecting these kids is worthless and make some serious changes?? The girl is Georgia was screaming for help and was ignored I wonder what they’ll find in this girls journal??

  • sugarpie

    Such a pretty little girl. What a tragic story she must have. RIP darlin’

  • Poor child, I can’t even…

  • So sad that a 14 year old feels so despondent and alone that they feel death is the only way. I pray you found the peace you so desperately needed Nakia????

  • So sad that a 14 year old feels so despondent and alone that they feel death is the only way. I pray you found the peace you so desperately needed Nakia????

  • Ugh I hate this. I really believe social media encourages this though. The streaming aspect is a whole different level than suicide.

  • this is the 3rd person (that I know of) who’s done this since December. it’s becoming a sickening trend.

  • Heartbreaking..

  • Jesus. Again.

  • I don’t even know her but I’m sure mad at her. Girl?

  • These are the worst. They make me angry. I wish someone can get it into these kids that they have their whole lives ahead of them. And that it gets better. Tragic that kids feel this is the last resort.

  • Jeania

    unfortunately, I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ve heard of these types of suicides.

  • Monkey see monkey do..I hope this doesn’t become a trend like the whole cutting thing. Teenagers aren’t in control of their own minds. Like my husband said, no one should be allowed to make decisions until after they turn 30. Poor girl.

  • jansav

    Geezus. What have we done. RIP Nakia.

  • Streaming suicides seems to be a strange artifact of the current youth cultural. You post about and record ever aspect of your life, so why not death?

  • Uh, saying you cut is a trend (just like people who claim they’re schizophrenic or have MPD to look edgy and ‘cool’). People who actually self harm don’t do so because it’s a trend. Self harm is a serious issue.

  • I feel like these videos are are the new form of suicide notes for these kids…

  • Sabin Kelley that’s exactly what I see. You may not get attention for your posts in life if unpopular, but in death you will achieve massive recognition. When someone middle school age dies of natural causes here, instagram suddenly has everyone claim to be their best friend and say how great they were. But looking back, those people weren’t even friendly when the kid was alive.

  • AlabamDeb

    I wish we could get through to these kids that no matter how bad things are, it WILL get better in time. Gosh. 14 years old. You know she has been through some stuff. RIP, sweet girl.

  • Trend meaning pattern….not cool thing to do.

    I’m not saying it isn’t serious at all….I’m saying there is a huge group doing the cutting. My daughter used to years ago and discourages people from it now. They do because they are miserable for whatever reason and not because they think it’s cool.

    These kids seem to want to do things others are doing and I’m afraid were going to see a lot more live steamed suicides. That’s terrifying.

    My son IS schizophrenic. None of us thinks that’s edgy or cool….It’s terrifying, but on the bright side of it, we get some great laughs from his eccentric sense of humor.

  • I think they’re the new suicide note. Definitely will leave a lasting impression.

  • Very sad.

  • You’d be surprised how many people out there say they’re schizophrenic because they think it makes them ‘dark’ and edgy when in reality they are not and just attention seeking. It’s obnoxious.

    I think these videos may start a social norms or sorts (suicide videos in place of suicide notes) but they won’t make anyone kill themselves who didn’t already have that intent.

  • anosmia

    Man, I feel like we are really failing on our kids on an epic level. Fare thee well, Nakia–you deserved better.

  • I hate hearing these stories. So heartbreaking

  • Michael Cato

  • Fake

  • Robyn

    30? well that is just stupid…I was in the military and on deployment when I was 22..guess I shouldnt have been allowed to make any type of decision even though i was fighting for this country? Your husband is stupid, and you probably do anything he says cuz he has a dick..pathetic tramp

  • People have committed suicide over Skype and cam on their laptop. It’s not really a “new” thing, but it’s just become more accessible with things like FB Live.

  • Streaming an act like this isn’t a new thing. People have committed suicide over Skype or while on webcam. It’s just more accessible now, with features like FB Live. And it’s sad that any child would do this.

  • How tall is their shower?

  • Inferus

    Fucking hell, who knew Heathers would be prescient.

  • Would’ve been more appropriate on a tree

  • GGMon

    Poor girl, hopefully she found peace within herself

  • Y wud it b more appropriate on a tree it’s not n shud not b appropriate at all

  • Kim Fuselier look another girl. Sad

  • Ugh, Jenna Marie Liczbinski. This is just too much.

  • This is just awful.

  • I want to see the video though

  • true, guess it just seems more with younger kids who are suddenly consumed these days.

  • I remember people killing themselves via web cams in chat rooms too

  • Sabin Kelley yes me too.

  • The 12 year old suicide was done the very first part of January ugh stupid phone is tripping out..

  • Aunt Tine

    Sounds like a great time to take health insurance away from 18 million Americans by repealing the ACA.

  • i said since december…. not excluding january 2017

  • Candice Rich

    I’m so terribly heartbroken that this beautiful smart young lady ended her life. May she RIP.

  • This kinda thing started in Britain when Craig Ewert, 59, a retired university professor who suffered from a motor neurone disease, opted for assisted suicide rather than spend the rest of his life locked in a “living tomb.” His final moments were broadcasted on British television. He was filmed as he passed away, comforted by Mary, his wife of 37 years, at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich in September 2006.

    The atmosphere is a bit different I suppose in the cases but still the outcome is the same, people taking their own lives by their own choice. Today, what makes it different then years ago is the fact that now, everyone worldwide shares in their horrible fate. I’m not sure why they desire others to see this. Maybe they want us to see their pain & understand why so that we don’t judge them. Maybe this is their ‘suicide letter’. The child that did this weeks earlier said a lots of apologizes. Maybe they are really hoping deep down inside that someone will rescue them before their final breath. I’m so sorry child that you felt this was your only choice. Maybe now, you have the peace you so longed for.

  • Lisa Langham

    “Child, I have survived two world wars, a great depression, losing my parents, siblings, husband, and one child. I know what it’s like to face the despair and hopelessness you’re felling. This too shall pass, and all you have to do is hold on and survive somehow. It will get better, I promise.” -my Great-Grandma to me at 14. I wish someone could have gotten through to this gorgeous girl in the same way. Such a loss!!!

  • Delaney3030

    In death they achieve the popularity, fame, and attention they were unable to garner in life.
    FAME! I’m gonna live forever.

  • Delirious Devil

    Teens are more likely to impulsively kill themselves, they are also more likely to do it if someone else their age did it and got a lot of attention. While streaming suicide isn’t that new of a thing, it has potential to be very bad if not handled properly in the media.

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