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  • From Boy Scout to Killer: Teen in Prison for Murder

    Growing up in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., Tyler Hadley and his older brother Ryan Hadley had what most would describe as a typical childhood. Their parents, Blake and Mary Jo Hadley, moved to Port Saint Lucie thinking the quiet community would be a perfect place to raise their two sons.
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  • Blake Hadley, a nuclear power plant operator, and wife Mary Jo Hadley, a school teacher, are remembered by family and friends as loving parents to Tyler Hadley and Ryan Hadley. Tyler Hadley's aunt and uncle, Mike and Cindy Hadley, said young Tyler Hadley was always at his mother's side. "He was constantly hugging his mom," Cindy Hadley told "20/20."
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  • At age 8, Tyler Hadley's family said he was an affectionate kid. "He was cute," Blake Hadley's sister Linda Ankram told "20/20" of her nephew Tyler Hadley. "Just an adorable little boy, lots of fun." Ankram said her brother and sister-in-law were active parents who enjoyed spending time with their kids.
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  • Growing up Tyler Hadley seemed like a happy kid, hanging out with friends and joining the Boy Scouts. "It just seemed like a normal every day kid life," Tyler Hadley's best friend, Mike Mandell, told ABC News' "20/20." "Hanging out with friends, playing games, playing sports."
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  • Mike and Cindy Hadley noticed changes in Tyler Hadley as he entered adolescence, but they just chalked it up to being a teenager. As his behavior became worse, Tyler Hadley skipped school, experimented with drugs, and rebelled against authority. Blake Hadley said nothing to his brother. "I still wish he would have said something to us," Mike Hadley told "20/20." "Maybe we could've done something."
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  • This photo, taken just three days before the murder of Blake and Mary Jo Hadley, was at the family's vacation cabin in Georgia. Mike Hadley said Tyler Hadley and his parents clashed over recent problems with drugs and alcohol. "That kid wanted his freedom, and he wanted to party," Mike Hadley said. "His parents were in the way, and he felt there was no way out."
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  • Three days later, Tyler posted an invitation to a party at his house to Facebook. At about 5 p.m., he killed his parents with a hammer. After hours of cleaning up the scene, he threw the party. But as the night went on, Tyler shared details with Mike Mandell. "[Tyler] says, 'Mike, I killed my parents,' and I said, 'No, you didn't, Tyler. What are you talking about?'" Mandell said.
    Port St. Lucie Police
  • After receiving tips overnight from teenagers at the party, police arrived at the Hadley home and found the bodies of Blake and Mary Jo Hadley in the master bedroom, piled under items that Tyler Hadley had taken from around the house. "There was something on every wall. Everything was gone. And it was in here," Detective Kristin Meyer, an investigator on the case, told "20/20." "No one saw this coming."
    Port St. Lucie Police
  • After a two-week hearing, a judge sentenced Tyler Hadley to life in prison without the possibility of parole on March 20. Tyler is now 20 years old. Mike Hadley still struggles with what he could have done to help his family. "I didn't expect this to happen; I was trying to help him. And I was going to do anything that I could to help him," Hadley said.
    Port St. Lucie Police
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