Media wrong about Mausali

In the coverage of the incident surrounding Mr. Mausali’s death, WTAP and The Parkersburg News found it necessary to drag him through the mud by replaying his previous brushes with the law. This young man was a son, brother and friend.

Did they really have to be reminded of all this at this time? It saddens me to read and hear this. Because I met this young man, Niko, (as I knew him) and his family when he was 12 years old. I knew him as a very kind, gentle and respectful kid.

I spent time with them. He was not the kid that the paper portrayed him to be. I saw him as a kid with a bright future. I don’t know why things happen the way they do, but this is how I’ll remember Niko. And I’m sure that is the way his family and friends will remember him no matter what the paper, TV, or others say.

I would like to say thank you to Parkersburg Police Lt. Greg Nangle for his comment in the paper April 29 when he refused to say anything negative about Niko and expressed his sympathy to the family. I just wish everyone could feel that way.

Deby Carroll Showalter

Mineral Wells