For the second time in a month, a young distraught teenager has filmed her own suicide and posted it to Facebook. Naika Venant, 14, filmed herself for two hours from the bathroom of the Miami foster home where she lived, making a homemade noose out of a scarf, before taking her own life. Her death follows the December 30 suicide of Katelyn Davis, 12, who hung herself outside her family home during a similar video on Facebook Live.
Nakia Venant had been in and out of the Florida foster care system for over seven years. According to the Associated Press, her mother’s attorney Howard Talenfeld said since April she had been moved between at least 10 different homes and shelters. She was first placed into foster care after her mother, Gina Alexis, was accused of excessive use of corporal punishment. At the age of 7 she was sexually abused by a 14-year-old boy, also a foster child, and was hospitalized last year after a court determined she was a danger to herself and needed “intensive therapy,” according to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper.
Earlier Sunday, Nakia wrote on Facebook, "I Don't Wanna Live No More" followed by three sad-face emojis. She had exchanged text messages with a friend, saying, “Im Just Tired My Life Pointless I Don't Wanna Do This AnyMore." The friend contacted her mother, who according to her lawyer tried to contact state and foster care agencies without success. At midnight she began broadcasting on Facebook Live, before taking her life. Police were notified but arrived just after she died, at 3:03 am.