The selfie “depicted the victim sitting in the chair with a gunshot wound to the face,” according to a police affidavit. “It also depicts a black male taking the selfie with his face facing the camera and the victim behind the actor. The photo had the name ‘Maxwell’ across the top.”
The black male was identified by police as Morton, and a search warrant was served Friday, the affidavit stated. During the search, a 9 mm handgun was recovered, and Morton confessed that he used it to shoot Mangan, police said.
The affidavit further stated that the son of the woman who contacted police about the selfie received messages from Morton. The messages stated, "Told you I cleaned up the shells" and "Ryan was not the last one."
On Thursday evening, around 40 friends gathered for prayers and to comfort one another.
Close friends of Mangan said he was an outgoing, easygoing person.
“(He’s) always cracking jokes, always being goofy, always wanting to be funny – the class clown. (He) wanted all eyes on him,” said Francesca Malak, one of Mangan’s friends.
The teen was a junior at Jeannette High School.
“It’s just a shame that this happened,” said Taylor Wiltrout, another of Mangan’s friends.
Mangan’s friends said they’re having a difficult time understanding how anyone could justify such violence.
“There needs to be justice for him, and I hope and I pray for his mom every night because I couldn't imagine,” said Joscelyn Elias.
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