Mother says 11-year-old son died playing internet pass-out game

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A South Carolina mother was distraught when her 11-year-old son was found dead in his home after playing an online choking game.

Latrice Hurst said her son, Davorius Gray, was playing a game that is currently popular on social media called hangman and pass-out challenge. In the game, kids choke themselves until they pass out.

Hurst said that her son showed no signs of depression and was not destructive but was “a prankster and loved to play tricks.”

“This tragic loss of my son has opened up dialogue between students and teachers, students praying and our community coming together, understanding the only healing is through a relationship with Jesus Christ,” Latrice said.

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Latrice went on to say, in a statement released through her pastor, that the game appears to be widely popular online, which shocked her.

“If I could rewind time, I would go back and heavily monitor his use of social media, YouTube and the Internet,” Latrice said. “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 sites — should be a requirement.”

Mark Pangel, the family’s pastor at 4 Points Church, said Davorius was “seriously one of the sweetest kids I’ve ever met. He was the one that would come up to you and hug you. He was always smiling.”

Pangel, who stayed at the hospital with the family, added, “It was the most humbling experience in my life because little Nae, his 8-year-old sister is in there, and she’s stoic and hurting and doesn’t know how to react. And I wanted to fix it and there’s literally nothing I could do.”

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