Miami Teenager Nakia Venant Committed Suicide On Facebook Live, Making Her The Second Girl To Do So

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Nakia Venant, a 14-year-old girl, broadcast her suicide to Facebook Live from hMiami-area foster home as she hanged herself in the bathroom.

The Florida Department of Children and Families offered few details the suicide of Nakia Venant, whom police found hanging from the door frame in the bathroom. One of the girl’s Nakia’s friends told the Miami Herald she saw some of Venant’s two-hour livestream on Sunday and called Miami-Dade police, who then responded to Venant’s home.

via Miami Herald:

“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.”

In a reply to a request from the Miami Herald on Tuesday afternoon, DCF released a three-sentence incident report on Nakia’s death. It said the teen attached her scarf to a “shower-glass door frame” to end her life at around 3:03 a.m. and was declared dead “at a local hospital.”

Miami Gardens officers found Venant hanging from the doorframe while her foster parents were asleep in their bedroom. Both Venant’s foster parents and fire-rescue crew tried to revive her. Efforts to revive Nakia were unsuccessful and she was taken to Jackson North Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Gerta Telfort, a close family friend, said Nakia 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, Telfort told the Herald:

“Nakia was smart academically, loved to smile and [had] lots of charisma.”

In a statement to the Miami Herald provided by Facebook spokeswoman Christine Chen, the social networking giant says it takes its responsibility to keep people safe on its site seriously:

“Our Community Standards regulate what kinds of content can be shared on Facebook. Our teams work around the clock to review content that is being reported by users, and we have systems in place to ensure that time-sensitive content is dealt with quickly.


What Happened?

The Florida Department of Children and Families offered few details the suicide of Nakia Venant, whom police found hanging from the door frame in the bathroom.


Who is Nakia Venant?

Nakia Venant was a 14-year-old girl from the Miami area who committed suicide on a Facebook live video.

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