An 11-year-old, Da’Vorius “Chi Chi” Gray died last Monday after his mother says he was playing games called “Hangman” and “pass-out challenge.”
His mother, Latrice Hurst, said she found her son who attended Beech Springs Intermediate School in a closet after her daughter told her he was “playing a game pretending to be dead.”
He was taken to Spartanburg Regional where he later died.
Greer Police said they are still actively investigating the death.
Hurst is warning other parents to monitor their child’s social media use, because Da’Vorius was on a website Kik playing pass-out games.
She issued the following statement through 4 Points Church pastor, Mark Pangel.
“If I could rewind time I would go back and monitor heavily his use of social media, youtube and the internet. He was on a sight called ‘kick’ and had been playing games called ‘hangman’ and pass-out challenge where kids choke themselves to the point of passing out and it is apparently a widely popular game. He showed no signs of depression or destructive behavior, but Davorius was prankster and love to play tricks. He talked about how much he loved his family and people and never showed us any sign otherwise. I would just say I don’t believe young people should be on social media and it should be limited to adults or at the very least with extreme adult supervision where the parents can see everything that takes place on the sights should be a requirement. Chi Chi took up for others, loved people and loved life. I hate this happened and I feel part of me died but I feel Chi Chi has been given a platform to help others in his passing to realize the dangers of ‘playing with fire’. This tragic loss of my son has opened up dialogue between students and teacher, students praying and our community coming together understanding the only healing is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.”
4 Points Church has set up a GoFundMe page for the family. If you would like to help – CLICK HERE