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A teenager has been accused of murdering a classmate and then uploading a selfie of himself with the other teen’s body to Snapchat.

According to MSN Maxwell Morton, 16, shot fellow student Ryan Mangan, also 16, before posing for the photo that led to his arrest by authorities. Morton sent the image via Snapchat  to a friend, who saved the image before the timer automatically deleted it. His pal showed the picture to his mother, who quite rightly turned the image over to police.

The friend also received text messages from Morton stating “Told you I cleaned up the shells,” and “Ryan was not the last one.” It’s frightening how little remorse he seems to have shown. The fact he took a selfie sent it to his mate, and then the texts, it’s as though he wanted to get caught.

“[Police] received a copy of the photo which depicted the victim sitting in the chair with a gunshot wound to the face,” a police affidavit states. “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.”

Mangan’s body was discovered by his mother. Our thoughts are with her, it must be the worst thing any mother could ever experience.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Morton confessed to killing Mangan after police searched his home Friday and found a 9 mm handgun hidden under the basement steps. Investigators found a discharged 9 mm casing in Mangan’s bedroom.

To drag up a continuous point for debate, gun laws? Seriously, what is a 16-year-old doing with a handgun?

Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center at Fielding Graduate University, spoke to the Tribune-Review about a criminal trend in posting about murders and other crimes on social media:

“This is really a question about criminal pathology rather than technology. Perpetrators in need of validating their power and sense of self-importance have used all kinds of communications to ‘brag’ about criminal activities — from the local hangout to social media like Facebook. “

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