I’m sure Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are on their way to Clayton NJ to support the family of Autumn Pasquale and condemn the cold blooded murder of this 12 year old girl at the hands of two black hoodlums, who strangled her for her BMX bike and then dumped her body in a trash bin. What kind of evil souless scum would murder a young girl for a bike? What kind of parents raised these animals? It takes a village of lowlife entitled immoral scum of the earth to create human beings like this.
I’m sure Barack Obama will be making a statement shortly about her being just like his daughter. I’m sure white people across the land will be holding BMX bike rallies and calling for justice.
Oh. You don’t think we’ll hear a peep out of Jesse, Al or Barack? Their busy with more important stuff you say. Shocking.
Hours after Autumn Pasquale’s body was found stuffed into a blue recycling bin and put to the curb for Tuesday’s pickup just a few blocks from her home, authorities wheeled her bicycle from inside the house next to where her body was dumped.
An audible gasp could be heard from the crowd gathering outside the house — many of whom awoke to the news that the exhaustive two-day search ended in a terrible tragedy.
“It’s her bike!” a bystander gasped as police hauled the white Odyssey BMX bike out of the small white bungalow.
The bike that 12-year-old Autumn — described by friends as a “tomboy” — was known to ride around town may have been what led to her murder.
Two teen brothers, identified by multiple sources as Dante and Justin Robinson, ages 17 and 15, have been charged.
Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said the boys may have wanted parts from Autumn’s bike and lured her into their home Saturday afternoon, the day she went missing.
(LEFT) Image of Dante Robinson, 17, taken from Twitter. (RIGHT) Image of Justin Robinson, 15, taken from Facebook. Both boys have been charged in the murder of Autumn Pasquale in Clayton, NJ.
The boys have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposing of a body, tampering with evidence and theft. The younger brother, Justin, identified by his friends as a student at Clayton High School, was also charged with luring.
A law enforcement source said Dante is a student at Bankbridge Regional School in Gloucester County, a school for students with behavioral and developmental disabilities.
Dalton said the teens lured the 12-year-old girl to their East Clayton Avenue home where she was killed. An autopsy conducted Tuesday morning revealed Autumn died from “blunt force trauma, consistent with strangulation,” Dalton said. He added that there was no evidence of sexual assault.
Her death has been ruled a homicide.
Dalton said the two boys were accompanied by their attorney Tuesday afternoon when they turned themselves in.
Law enforcement officers were led to her body after the boys’ mother came to police to report “postings” on one of her son’s Facebook page. However, Dalton did not say which son posted the information or what it was.
After obtaining a warrant to search the teens’ home, authorities found some of Autumn’s belongings including the white BMX bike she was last seen riding when she left her West High Street home Saturday afternoon around 12:30 p.m.
Autumn was reported missing Saturday night around 9:30 after she failed to return home by her 8 p.m. curfew. It is unclear where she was going.
The last bit of communication received was a text message Autumn sent at 2:27 p.m., Dalton said during a press conference Monday afternoon, however he did not say who the text was sent to.
Photos released by Clayton, N.J. Police Department show Autumn Pasquale, 12, of Clayton, N.J. Authorities say her family reported her missing Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clayton Police Department at (856) 881-2301. (AP Photo/Clayton, N.J. Police Department)
Jessica Beym/South Jersey Times
By Saturday night, about 50 local police officers from Clayton and across Gloucester County began the search for the missing girl. The search continued Sunday and by Monday morning more than 200 local, county and state officials from 18 different agencies including the FBI had joined up in the search, deploying officers on horses and with police dogs, as well as a state police helicopter.
Paul Spadafora, Autumn’s uncle, addressed a crowd that gathered behind a local church Tuesday morning after news broke that his niece’s body had been found. Just hours before, hundreds gathered at the Clayton Municipal Building for a candlelight vigil to pray for her safe return.
“Clayton is a community that has embraced our family,” Spadafora said. “We are all distraught, but we all just spoke and said ‘out of evil will come goodness.’ And there is evil everywhere, even in the small town of Clayton.”
The small community, home to about 8,000 residents — many of whom participated in the massive two-day grid search to bring Autumn home safely — has been rocked by the devastating news of her death.
“I’m scared. It’s devastating (and) unnerving,” said Joyce Fisher, who lives across the street from where Autumn’s body was found.
She said she had heard nothing peculiar Saturday evening and called the murder “disturbing.”
“We have never had anything like this on this street before ever,” said Fisher.
Parents of local students have voiced their unease about the murder, wondering what they should do differently when their children are out walking the streets of Clayton.
Matthew Michael of West Academy Street came to pick up his 12-year-old son from school after classes were dismissed in the wake of the murder.
“I’m starting to become more concerned,” said Michael. “My son is her age.”
“When I was growing up, we didn’t have to worry about this kind of thing,” he added.
Authorities also found other physical evidence that led to the arrest of the two juveniles, Dalton said. He added that there was no evidence that the boys had previously known Autumn.
“Today we mourn the loss of a young girl named Autumn Pasquale whose life was tragically cut short before it really began,” Dalton said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her parents and her family.”
“I know a lot of you are angry about what happened and you have a right to be angry about what happened,” said Dalton addressing the crowd.
“It’s my hope the arrest today provides a measure of closure (for the family) that the individuals responsible for their daughter’s death will be held accountable,” Dalton said.
Authorities were not clear if the boys would be charged as adults.