The teen tried to take a picture of himself holding a gun to his head when the gun went off, according to the Houston Police Department.
The victim’s uncle said he ran into the apartment in the 9800 block of Forum Park Drive and attempted to resuscitate his nephew but he had already died.
The victim’s family said he leaves behind two young daughters and that he was a fun-loving person. Family members said the shooting was a complete accident and the victim never talking about suicide.
“It’s the worst feeling in my life,” said the victim’s uncle Eric Douglas.
“It’s a numb feeling. It’s still unbelievable. Yesterday was my birthday and he came to wish me happy birthday, and now this kind of news,” said Smith’s grandmother Alma Douglas.
Investigators with the Houston Police Department are still looking into the shooting, but “all indications are this is an accident.”
No charges have been filed.
No other injuries were reported.
This isn’t the first time someone has died while taking a selfie with a loaded gun.
In 2014, a young Mexican man died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while posing for a “selfie” with a loaded gun.
According to The Telegraph, Oscar Otero Aguilar, who worked in a pet shop, was drinking with friends in Medero, in the north of the capital, Mexico City, when the accident happened.
A follower of the “selfie” craze – in which people pose for photographs they take of themselves – Otero Aguilar frequently posted pictures of himself on social media sites.