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Neighbors shocked by murder investigation in Delta

Investigators finish their crime scene analysis on the 900 block of Fernwood Street in Delta. (Jim Nelson/WNWO).

As word traveled throughout Delta and beyond -- members of the community said they were shocked to hear of a murder, kidnapping and manhunt that unfolded on Tuesday.

"You sure don't expect that to happen right next door," said neighbor Lindsay Davis-Bailey. "Not at all."

It's the type of news nobody expected to wake up to in Delta.

"Completely surprised. (This) doesn't really happen in this area," added Ike Parker, who lives directly across the street from the Mangas family.

Around 5:00 a.m., police were dispatched to the home on the 900 block of Fernwood Street. They found 23-year old Amanda 'Mandi' Mangas suffering from at least one gun shot wound. She later died at UTMC in Toledo.

The suspect was quickly identified as 27-year old ex-boyfriend James Ramey of Toledo .

An Amber Alert was issued for the couple's young child, who police say Ramey took with him when he left the home. Authorities said Ramey was tracked to Fulton County, Indiana, where he was found with the child and step-mother of the victim.

No other injuries were reported.

Parker told NBC 24 that about three weeks ago he saw the couple outside the home across the street. He said there appeared to be a disconnect between the two.

"I said to myself, 'man that guy has an attitude problem.' "

Parker says he was asleep when the events unfolded on Tuesday.

Down the road, Davis-Bailey says she was awake and heard the commotion.

"I looked down the road here and saw they were taping off an area," she recalled. "I didn't know what was going on at the time until the news crews came."

She described the narrative of events as "upsetting."

"For a lot of people. A lot of the neighbors came out, upset, crying -- (they) know them. Small town, everybody knows everybody."

"When we found out about (the shooting), it was quite a shock," says Jack Wagner, who knows Mike Mangas -- Mandi's father -- through the Delta America Legion, which has already made plans to donate proceeds from this Friday's St. Patrick's Day Jigs Dinner to the Mangas family.

"We're just stepping up to take care of our own. It's something that we do around here."

The St. Patrick's Day dinner and raffle at the Delta American Legion is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Friday at 5939 State Route 109 in Delta.

Dinner/raffle tickets are being sold for $20 each while dinner-only tickets are available for $10.

Kids 10 and under are free.


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