Pain and heartache for parents of a 17-year-old boy shot and killed
(KUTV) Will Ryan, a 17-year-old boy, was shot and killed in the front yard of his home Saturday night in Magna, Utah.
According to Unified Police, the drive-by shooting happened just before 11 p.m. and appears to be gang-related.
Ryan's murder happened just two weeks after his friend, Romeo Rodrigues, a 14-year-old, was killed in a similar drive-by shooting.
Police are currently investigating whether the two shootings are related.
"I'm angry, I'm lost," said Melody Ryan, Will's mother. "He was just the most amazing kid. He was good at home. He was helpful."
"I don't know what to do next," said Cory Ryan, Will's father. "He had plans for himself. He wanted to be a mechanic."
The Ryan's say their son was not a gang member but had friends who were.
"He wasn't going out looking for trouble. He just sat at home and his friends would come visit," Melody said.
"These are kids, regardless of who they are hanging out with. Shouldn't be any stereotypes when a kids dead," Corey said.
The Ryan's say their son had attended Rodrigues' funeral which took place just a short time before he was shot. "He was pretty upset. Anytime you have to bury a friend someone you love is hard," Melody said.
Unified Police Detective Ken Hansen said sadly, police are starting to see younger kids getting hooked up with gang activity.
"It is concerning that we are seeing juveniles more involved in violent crimes," Hansen said.
The Ryan's say they to have seen this same kind of trend.
"I see the increase it just seems like there is more kids that are getting involved with gangs. Seems like they are being recruited really young," Melody said.
"I just hope that the public can learn from this," Corey added.
For those who want to help, a fund has been set up to help with funeral expenses for Will Ryan.