A Pennsylvania teen is accused of killing his classmate and sharing the evidence via social media. Authorities said 16-year-old Maxwell Marion Morton shot and killed 16-year-old Ryan Mangan. He then took a selfie of himself with his victim’s body.
On Wednesday February 4, Mangan’s body was discovered inside the home he shared with his mother. Authorities in Jeannette suspected he was murdered. However, they did not identify a suspect until two days later.
As reported by the Huffington Post, Morton took a selfie photo after killing his classmate. He then shared the picture with his friends via Snapchat.
According to reports, the photo was accompanied by text, which said, “I told you I cleaned up the shells… Ryan was not the last one.”
Although Snapchat photos are automatically deleted, one of Morton’s friends saved a screenshot. When he realized the photo was real, he shared it with his mother.
The boy’s mother immediately took the photo to the Jeannette Police Department. Maxwell Marion Morton was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Friday morning.
During interrogation, Morton admitted shooting Ryan Mangan in the face. Following a search of the teen’s home, authorities recovered a 9mm handgun and a spent 9mm casing.
Morton remains incarcerated without bail in the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 19. In addition to criminal homicide, the teen is charged with possession a deadly weapon.
Although the teen admitted killing his classmate, he has not provided a motive.
Ryan Mangan’s funeral took place on Monday morning. As reported by CBS News, the Jeannette School District delayed classes two hours so students could attend services at Sacred Heart Church.
Mangen’s friend, Taylor Wiltrout, said she is heartbroken. However, she hopes justice will be served. As reported by the Daily Mail, Mangen’s friends describe him as a “fun-loving guy who was goofy and funny.” Wiltrout said that is how the teen would want to be remembered.
“That would be the most important thing. That’s what he would want. He would want all of us to continue on and go on like he’s still here and do what we planned on doing.”
Although little is known about Maxwell Marion Morton, news agencies are reporting that he was a running back on the high school football team.
As Ryan Mangan is laid to rest, his friends, family, and authorities are trying to understand what motivated the Pennsylvania teen to kill his classmate.