Thousands witness some of the final moments before a South Arkansas mother’s life comes to an end during her Facebook live stream.
Richard Herndon said his daughter, Keiana Herndon, loved life.
“She’s a very intelligent kid,” said Richard. Richard said his only child didn’t mind letting the world in on it from time-to-time via Facebook live.
“It’s not going to be a dull moment,” said Richard.
But the 25-year-old’s live stream from a friend’s El Dorado home Wednesday turned into something much worse. The video starts out with Keiana singing. You see and hear her respond to viewers and even put the spotlight on her youngest of two kids.
A few minutes later, Keiana falls and the phone drops out of her hands, with her and her son off screen.
“I haven’t seen the video. I don’t have the strength right now,” said Richard. But Keiana’s uncle Jeffrey Herndon did.
“It was real hard,” said Jeffrey. Jeffrey said he could hear his niece struggle to breath and her son scream in the background. All the while, the number of eyes on her grew.
“The views went from two or three, to too many for it to be a tragic live shot,” said Jeffrey. He said a friend showed up nearly 30 minutes after his niece hit the floor. Keiana’s father wishes someone watching would have acted sooner.
“It’s amazing for someone to sit there and see somebody or hear them take their last breath and nobody did anything,” said Richard. “So, I want to take my hat off to everybody that actually did something.”
It would be Keiana’s final Facebook live.
“If Keiana is going to leave this earth, it’s going to be live. It’s going to be top of the moment,” said Richard.
He said his daughter recently found out an issue with her thyroid could turn deadly. Richard said losing her has been the hardest thing he’s ever had to face.
“For her to leave two kids so young. So early is … I don’t know how to deal with it,” said Richard. Keiana’s body has been sent to the state crime lab for an exact cause of death.
El Dorado police said it does not look like foul play could be a factor.