Man to stand trial in railroad shooting

Man to stand trial in railroad shooting

There are 2271 comments on the Pittsburghlive.com story from Jul 14, 2006, titled Man to stand trial in railroad shooting. In it, Pittsburghlive.com reports that:

By Paul Paterra TRIBUNE-REVIEW Saturday, July 15, 2006 A Trafford man will stand trial on criminal homicide charges in connection with the May 30 shooting death of William E. Teck, of Hempfield Township.

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Amanda

Woodbridge, VA

#1 Jul 15, 2006
This story makes me absolutley sick. Ryan is my little brother, and he is not a killer. He had no idea what was going on. A friend needed his help and he went to help him, that is all he knew. The only evidence they have against him is the "tesitmony" of a kid who has changed his story more than once already.......They argue that he willingly stayed, but if anyone knows Maple when he is drunk.....it wasn't willingly.......Maple is a friend of mine, but once he is drunk and gets a thought in his head there is no stopping him...I have seen him beat the ever living crap out of my little brother before(broken nose, broken collar bone...I really mean the everliving crap) If Maple is on a mission there is nothing stopping him, and you do what he says.......I just pray every night that Ryan will get out of there and those lying little pieces of shit (aka Jennifer, and Nathan) get what they deserve........As for Maple he knows what he did was wronge and he wants the proper punishment...I give him respect for that.....
anonymous

Portage, PA

#2 Jul 16, 2006
Amanda's lucky, her brother's still alive. I Wish I could say the same for Billy. And as for having respect for Maple....maybe you should get some psychiatric help! How can you sympathise with a MURDERER!!!!!!!!
I would give anything to have my cousin back again. At least you can visit your brother in jail.
Early Childhood Adv

New London, CT

#3 Jul 16, 2006
Amanda wrote:
This story makes me absolutley sick. Ryan is my little brother, and he is not a killer. He had no idea what was going on. A friend needed his help and he went to help him, that is all he knew. The only evidence they have against him is the "tesitmony" of a kid who has changed his story more than once already.......They argue that he willingly stayed, but if anyone knows Maple when he is drunk.....it wasn't willingly.......Maple is a friend of mine, but once he is drunk and gets a thought in his head there is no stopping him...I have seen him beat the ever living crap out of my little brother before(broken nose, broken collar bone...I really mean the everliving crap) If Maple is on a mission there is nothing stopping him, and you do what he says.......I just pray every night that Ryan will get out of there and those lying little pieces of shit (aka Jennifer, and Nathan) get what they deserve........As for Maple he knows what he did was wronge and he wants the proper punishment...I give him respect for that.....
I don't know what the story is...but it sounds the same all over...
are you all ready to smarten up yet? My state has the death penalty.. how about yours??? If you don't...I suggest you get it!
Amanda

United States

#4 Jul 17, 2006
I don't appreciate the advise. I understand that you are hurting right now. I know how it is to lose a loved one at the hands of someone else. I was mad at the time too. But even though you will never see that person again, do you think he would want you to hurt yourself by consuming yourself with so much anger. I would never expect you forgive Maple in a million years, but he has been one of my friends for over 14 years. In no way do I condone what he did and I don't know all the details but, nothing should ever have to come to murder. But even though the act he committed, while intoxicated and under the influence of that girl, was unspeakable and unforgivable. I am not going to turn my back on him. He admitted what he did, knows it was worng, and is willing to die for it. And yes I do respect that. So I ask of you, even if we don't agree, don't critize my views.
Amanda

Woodbridge, VA

#5 Jul 20, 2006
I am not sure what you are trying to say here. PA has the death penalty and they are very much thinking of using it. Maple belives that is what he deserves, and is ready to face it. So where is your point???????? He knows he shot and killed a man in cold blood and wants to die for it. My problem is that Nathan is trying to bring my brother down when he knows and Maples has stated Ryan knew nothing of what was going on. Maple called him and asked him to pick him up. So my brother went thinking Maple was just hanging out at the dinner. It wasn't until Maple got in the car pointed the shotgun at my brother and said drive, that my brother had any clue what was going on........so I am not going to apologise that I am upset my brother is behind bars, because Nathan wants to get a lesser sentence......That is why I have respect form Maple: what they didn't publish in the news it that Maple turned himself in and took all the blame, he knows the death penalty is an option and in a strange way i think he is hoping for it.......He didn't make excuses or try to pin it on someone else.....so again I ask you what is your point??????????
Early Childhood Adv wrote:
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I don't know what the story is...but it sounds the same all over...
are you all ready to smarten up yet? My state has the death penalty.. how about yours??? If you don't...I suggest you get it!
Anonymous

Newport, NC

#6 Sep 2, 2006
I knew Maple when he was in the military. He is very much like you descibed about having his mind set, especislly when he got to drinking. Have you ever sat there and wondered that maybe that is what Maple want? Maybe he wants to die. Why else would someone want to go to WAR? I think he does have a death wish, I just think it was not the one he is going to get. I don't wish death upon someone, I think life in prison will suit him better. It almost seems like a cop out if you kill him, he gets what he wants and he was able to commit the last act of anger he had inside of him. My voet is to keep him alive and let him sit for the rest of his life in jail.
Amanda wrote:
I am not sure what you are trying to say here. PA has the death penalty and they are very much thinking of using it. Maple belives that is what he deserves, and is ready to face it. So where is your point???????? He knows he shot and killed a man in cold blood and wants to die for it. My problem is that Nathan is trying to bring my brother down when he knows and Maples has stated Ryan knew nothing of what was going on. Maple called him and asked him to pick him up. So my brother went thinking Maple was just hanging out at the dinner. It wasn't until Maple got in the car pointed the shotgun at my brother and said drive, that my brother had any clue what was going on........so I am not going to apologise that I am upset my brother is behind bars, because Nathan wants to get a lesser sentence......That is why I have respect form Maple: what they didn't publish in the news it that Maple turned himself in and took all the blame, he knows the death penalty is an option and in a strange way i think he is hoping for it.......He didn't make excuses or try to pin it on someone else.....so again I ask you what is your point??????????
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annoyed

AOL

#7 Sep 8, 2006
what a friend! if he is so innocent why didnt he go to the police as soon as he knew what
annoyed

AOL

#8 Sep 12, 2006
if your brother is so innocent surely it will come out in the trial
annoyed

AOL

#9 Sep 27, 2006
Amanda wrote:
This story makes me absolutley sick. Ryan is my little brother, and he is not a killer. He had no idea what was going on. A friend needed his help and he went to help him, that is all he knew. The only evidence they have against him is the "tesitmony" of a kid who has changed his story more than once already.......They argue that he willingly stayed, but if anyone knows Maple when he is drunk.....it wasn't willingly.......Maple is a friend of mine, but once he is drunk and gets a thought in his head there is no stopping him...I have seen him beat the ever living crap out of my little brother before(broken nose, broken collar bone...I really mean the everliving crap) If Maple is on a mission there is nothing stopping him, and you do what he says.......I just pray every night that Ryan will get out of there and those lying little pieces of shit (aka Jennifer, and Nathan) get what they deserve........As for Maple he knows what he did was wronge and he wants the proper punishment...I give him respect for that.....
i hope you enjoy every visit with your brother, and that he thinks daily about the foolish mistakes he made in life. He helped take an innocent life. Seems like he needs better friends
Amanda

United States

#10 Sep 27, 2006
annoyed wrote:
<quoted text> i hope you enjoy every visit with your brother, and that he thinks daily about the foolish mistakes he made in life. He helped take an innocent life. Seems like he needs better friends
I think you should changed your name to annoying. One my brother wasn't involved unitl after the murder was committed, so how in the hell did he help in it and second I am guessing you have in this situation before to be such an expert on the it. Please go annoy someone else with your "opinions" and leave my family alone.
annoyed

AOL

#11 Nov 19, 2006
Amanda wrote:
<quoted text>
I think you should changed your name to annoying. One my brother wasn't involved unitl after the murder was committed, so how in the hell did he help in it and second I am guessing you have in this situation before to be such an expert on the it. Please go annoy someone else with your "opinions" and leave my family alone.
When does he get his day in court? If he is so innocent it will come out then.
Brenda

United States

#12 Jan 1, 2007
Amanda wrote:
This story makes me absolutley sick. Ryan is my little brother, and he is not a killer. He had no idea what was going on. A friend needed his help and he went to help him, that is all he knew. The only evidence they have against him is the "tesitmony" of a kid who has changed his story more than once already.......They argue that he willingly stayed, but if anyone knows Maple when he is drunk.....it wasn't willingly.......Maple is a friend of mine, but once he is drunk and gets a thought in his head there is no stopping him...I have seen him beat the ever living crap out of my little brother before(broken nose, broken collar bone...I really mean the everliving crap) If Maple is on a mission there is nothing stopping him, and you do what he says.......I just pray every night that Ryan will get out of there and those lying little pieces of shit (aka Jennifer, and Nathan) get what they deserve........As for Maple he knows what he did was wronge and he wants the proper punishment...I give him respect for that.....
I AM BILLY'S MOTHER, YOUR BROTHER IS A MURDER!SO YOU THINK MY SON'S MURDER IS O.K. BECAUSE YOUR BROTHER IS AFRAID OF JASON!!YOU ARE AS SICK AS HE!!YOUR BROTHER COULD OF WENT TO THE POLICE AND TOLD THEM!!MY SON DID NOT EVEN KNOW YOUR BROTHER!
HE PICKED UP THE SHANK BROTHERS AND TOOK THEM TO THE
MURDER OF MY SON!!EVEN AFTER JASON AND YOUR BROTHER AND THE 3 OTHERS MURDERED MY SON, HE DID NOT GO TO THE POLICE!!I THINK A BROKEN NOSE ETC. IS BETTER THAN MURDER. I PRAY EVERY NIGHT, THEY ALL PAY FOR
WHAT THEY DID TO MY SON. YOU NEED HELP!!!
Brenda

United States

#13 Jan 1, 2007
AMANDA,
PLEASE KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF!! MY SON IS DEAD!! YOUR BROTHER KNOWS THE TRUTH!! I HOPE TO SEE YOU AT HIS TRAIL. DID YOU VISIT HIM OVER THE HOLIDAYS? ALL I DID WAS CRY!! I HAVE NO HOLIDAYS BECAUSE OF WHAT YOUR BROTHER HELPED JASON DO!!
RESPECT FOR JASON MAPLE...WHAT HAS THIS WORLD
BECOME??? PLEASE STOP MAKING YOUR SICK COMMENTS.
WE WILL ALL KNOW THE TRUTH SOON!!!I LOVE MY SON
MORE THAN ANYTHING OR ANYONE, DO YOU EVER THINK
ABOUT WHAT THE MURDERS HAVE DONE TO BILLY'S FAMILY??????????
Amanda

Woodbridge, VA

#14 Jan 2, 2007
All I can say to you is I am very sorry for your loss. But shouldn't you be spending your time honoring your son's memory rather than using his death as an excuse to lash out at strangers. I love my brother, he is my family and no matter how much you want to slander me and call me names I will never stop being his older sister and will never stop trying to protect him. I know he had nothing to do with the murder and I know that he made a huge mistake for not going to the cops when he should have, but he is not a murder.
So if it makes you feel better to use all that pain and anger you have to lash out at me on a blog page, if that truly helps you in your greiving then go right ahead.
friend of billy

Pittsburgh, PA

#15 Jan 24, 2007
I want Brenda to know that you have people behind you who are praying for JUSTICE. May Billy rest in peace, and may the kids who did this get what they deserve. I can't emagine the pain of losing a child......... why dont you think of that Amanda.
i am sorry

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Jan 24, 2007
First I want to say that I am very nerves writing this today. See I am a friend of the Shank family and I have known Nathan and Dewayne for about 6 years now. Honestly deep down I still canít believe they knew what happened to Teck and didnít do anything, like go to the police. They were no angels but I still donít believe they could really murder someone. I did not know Jason, Jennifer, Ryan, or even Teck. Part of me still wants to think that there wasnít anyone involved that knew exactly what was going to end up happening that night. Nathan and Dewayne didnít even really know Jason, Ryan, and Jennifer. And from what I have heard Jason had only known Jennifer for a week. I really donít know what to believe anymore. I want to believe the stories I have heard because I am sure they are different from the ones that any of you have. I want to believe what I heard Jason said when he first turned himself in. When he said that he and Jennifer were the only 2 that knew what was going to happen that night. But the truth is none of us really know what happened that night. All any of the family and friends of this whole situation do is believe what they want to believe. I do pray for my friends because I want to believe that they wouldnít be capable of something like this. But the truth is I donít really know what happened that night and I probably never will. As for Jason and Jennifer I donít wish for the death penalty. I think that is letting them off WAY too easy. I hope they rot in jail. Why wish for the death penalty. Let them live a long life in jail with the guilt of what they did. I canít say anything about Ryan. I did not know him. I want the Teck family and the friends of Teck to know that they are all in my prays and even though I pray for my friends I in NO WAY think they should of just ran away. Part of me thinks that if this wasnít a plan and no one knew what was going to happen then why not something like call the cops! I want to send my condolences out to the Teck family, especially Brenda. I pray you find the strength deep down to forgive. I know itís hard. And I know it hurts. Because I know how it feels to lose a loved one by the hands of another. My friend Jennifer was murdered by her own mother back in September of 2005. And though she wasnít as close as you and your son I still morn her death. Who is anyone to choose the end of anotherís life? You may not be able to forgive anyone involved now but I hope you find it in you one day. I still havenít found it in me to forgive Jenís mother but I hope I do one day too. I want to be a bigger person then that. I pray that you become the bigger person too. There is no reason to EVER take another persons life, but I feel if god forgives then we should forgive too. But on our own terms. I wish I would have found this site sooner so I could have let you know that I was praying for you then. Yes I was hurt and so very agree when I heard that Nathan was back in jail for something as bad as murder this time, but the fact was he is still alive. No one can ever replace your son. NO ONE! I am so sorry for your loss.
i am sorry

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Jan 24, 2007
I also want to say that I put a lot of thought into that last post. And I hope you didnít take anything the wrong way. I have nothing but good intentions.
Lenna

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Jan 24, 2007
Amanda you are a dumbass. Your brothe picked up the brothers PRIOR to the murder, drove them around in his car when one of the dudes had a shotgun, not easily concealed. If your brother is so blind he can not see a shot gun, how did he get his drivers license? Why didn't he leave once the murder happened? he drove the killers around some more. Why didn't he go to the police? You act as if your brother is innocent, listen up girlie, he ain't. If he had left the scene and contacted police, I would agree charging him with murder would be a stretch, but he didn't. Additionally, I think they should add the charge of "Criminal Stupidity" to the list of charges against him. You can love your brother,but, the rest of the world does not, you better develop thicker skin, because with your attitude, you are only going to get more crap heaped upon you!
i am sorry

Pittsburgh, PA

#19 Jan 25, 2007
Amanda~
I have to say that I agree with everyone else. Yes Ryan is your brother. Yes you are still going to love him unconditionally. But you still have to admit he was in the wrong. No he didnít pull the trigger but he also didnít do anything about it. He didnít go to the police. He went along with it which makes him an accomplice. I loved, well I guess love still, Nathan and Dewayne. They werenít bad guys and it took me awhile to except the fact that they were wrong. Like Ryan they may not have pulled the trigger but they sure as hell were there and knew what happened and did nothing to stop it or turn anyone in. I want so bad to blame your ďfriendĒ Jason and that b*tch Jennifer but the truth is Nathan and Dewayne are grown men they know how to think for themselves. You need to cope with the fact that your brother made a bad choice and admit that he was wrong. It isnít going to change your love for him. I swear!
Amannda

United States

#20 Jan 25, 2007
i am sorry wrote:
Amanda~
I have to say that I agree with everyone else. Yes Ryan is your brother. Yes you are still going to love him unconditionally. But you still have to admit he was in the wrong. No he didnít pull the trigger but he also didnít do anything about it. He didnít go to the police. He went along with it which makes him an accomplice. I loved, well I guess love still, Nathan and Dewayne. They werenít bad guys and it took me awhile to except the fact that they were wrong. Like Ryan they may not have pulled the trigger but they sure as hell were there and knew what happened and did nothing to stop it or turn anyone in. I want so bad to blame your ďfriendĒ Jason and that b*tch Jennifer but the truth is Nathan and Dewayne are grown men they know how to think for themselves. You need to cope with the fact that your brother made a bad choice and admit that he was wrong. It isnít going to change your love for him. I swear!
Ok now I want to clear the air. I think what I first intended to say has gotten lost in this blog. I apologise for getting defensive the way I have. The only thing I have been trying to say is my brother is not a monster or a killer. He got caught up in the wrong place and the wrong time. It is like you have said noone but the people who were there know what happened, we are all arguing on speculation and the stories that the media have made up and that is why I have been getting so upset. In no way do I condone what happened. I think it is one of the most tragic events and I feel nothing but pure sympathy for the Teck family. I have 2 infant sons of my own and I do not even want to atempt to imagine what Billy's mother is going through. And to her I truley apologise that my words have upset her, reading back I have said some pretty stupid things, and I am truley sorry. All I wanted to convey was that these articles make my brother sound like a harden criminal, and all he really is a stupid kid who got into a horrific situation and made some bad decisions. He should have gone to the police as soon as possible, but he was in shock and terrifed and didn't know what to do or where to turn. Like I said before how can any of us know for sure that if we ourselves weren't in the same situation we would be able to have enough composure to go straight to the police. So I guess to tie it up I will say I am sorry for upsetting so many people, we all have the right to think and belive what we want, but who here can say they know the absolute truth, not me, or any of you....

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