One mother hopes that the story of her 11-year-old son’s death will warn parents of a deadly pass out challenge that can be found online.
Davorius Gray was found dead in his room last week, and while the case is still being investigated by the Coroner’s office and the Spartanburg County Police Department, his mother, Latrice Hurst says she believes that the deadly “pass out challenge” was the cause of his death.
In a statement released to WYFF 4 through her pastor, Hurst explained that this is allegedly a widely popular game that can be found online.
"If I could rewind time, I would go back and heavily monitor his use of social media, YouTube and the Internet,” Hurst 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.”
Hurst explained in her statement that her son had no outward signs of depression, but did say that he 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,” Hurst said.
The family’s pastor at 4 Points Church, Mark Pangel, said he was in the hospital room with the family when the death occurred. He said he 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 went on to paint a heartbreaking image of Gray’s 8-year-old sister.
“It was the most humbling experience in my life because little Nae… 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.”
WYFF 4 reports that the memorial service will be held over the weekend.
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