How a teenager used Snapchat to show the dead body of a classmate he allegedly killed


A 16-year-old boy allegedly committed a heinous crime and decided to show it on social media. According to KDKA in Pittsburgh, Maxwell Marion Morton visited his classmate Ryan Mangan, 16, at his home.

While in Mangan’s room, Morton shot his classmate in the face as he sat in a chair. Shortly after the killing, Morton took a selfie with Mangan’s dead body and uploaded it to Snapchat. Another teen saw the photo on Snapchat and took a screenshot before the photo automatically deleted itself. The photo also had the name “MAXWELL” written across the top.

Morton also sent a text to another teen and described how he picked up the bullet casings.

A few hours later, Mangan’s mother found her son’s lifeless body in the same chair where he was shot by Morton.

With tips from the teen who saw the photo on Snapchat, police searched Morton’s home and found a 9 mm handgun. It’s likely the same weapon used to kill Mangan. Officers questioned Morton and he confessed to the crime.

Police have yet to find a motive for the crime. Morton has been charged with first-degree murder and illegal possession of a gun.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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