In February of 2015, teenager Ryan Mangan was murdered by his friend Maxwell Morton. Although it is unclear if the killing was an accident (first-degree murder charges were unsuccessfully pursued), Morton took selfies with the body before fleeing the scene, complicating the case. The story garnered national attention and speculation. Now, after two years, Mangan's family and friends are speaking about the case in an interview with People.
“You don’t fully know who you are at 16,” says Ryan’s best friend, Jimmy Malik.
“We would do all kinds of stuff together,” says George Mangan Jr, Ryan's father. “Gardening in the yard, we would plant trees and other stuff, He’d always be by my side, wanting to help or be there, do everything that I would do.”
“We did have some trouble with him, of course. He was a teenager,” added Ryan's mother, Rebecca Murtland. “But we would have all that back today, I would take all that back today, just to have him back ... Ryan was a teen imitating what he saw on social media. Unfortunately all our children are under the influence of various [media] which are causing a whole new set of issues that parents must resolve without guidance."
“No trial is fair when the victim cannot participate,” Rebecca concluded.
Morton was ultimately convicted of third-degree murder, for which he faces 15 years in prison. His lawyers are currently appealing that decision. In February, Morton was of third-degree murder and, in May, he was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.
[Photo: Westmoreland County Jail]