Teen brothers arrested in death of 12-year-old New Jersey girl
October 23rd, 2012
06:57 PM ET

Teen brothers arrested in death of 12-year-old New Jersey girl

[Updated at 6:57 p.m. ET] Two teenage brothers who were arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl are accused of killing her at the boys' home, possibly for her BMX bike, prosecutors say.

Autumn Pasquale was found dead Monday in a recycling container in Clayton, New Jersey. Two boys - ages 15 and 17 - were arrested Tuesday in connection with her death.

Prosecutors say they believe the boys lured Pasquale to their home. Police found her bike and some other belongings at the boys' home early Tuesday, authorities said.

Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said Tuesday that Autumn was strangled and died from blunt-force trauma. Pasquale, who was to turn 13 next week, was last seen Saturday night when she rode her bike from her home in Clayton

Read more about what police say about the killing in this report from CNN's Chris Boyette.

[Updated at 4:41 p.m. ET] Two teenaged brothers have been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale, a prosecutor in New Jersey said.

"The brothers are ages 15 and 17 years old and both are in police custody at the present time," Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said. "The 15-year-old has also been charged with one count of luring."

[Posted at 5:37 a.m. ET] A 12-year-old girl was found dead Monday, authorities said, in a New Jersey recycling container.

Some 200 law enforcement members have been searching for Autumn Pasquale, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said, since Saturday when the 12-year-old went missing from her New Jersey home.

Also a Facebook page had been created to help in the search for her.

The family has been notified.

"This is a very sad day for the Pasquale family," said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton."Our hearts go out to the family."

Pasquale was last seen Saturday night when she rode her bike from her home in the town of Clayton, New Jersey.

She was set to turn 13 next week.

soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. barbara

    Congratulations to the police for getting these subhumans quickly.... get them off the street before they can harm another innocent. What a beautiful little girl.... how horrible for her family.

    October 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David Hayes

    I would bet my last dollar that there is no father in the home these boys came from. Probably even go as far as saying the father is in jail or at the very least has been there. Several races have suffered from discrimination and racisim. The ones that progress have two things in common, family and education. In other words the father is in their life and they stay in school. The one race that doesn't progress has no fathers around and drops out of school. These two 'boys' will be out in a few years, only to do it again.

    October 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmm

      plenty of people grow up without fathers and turn out just fine.......

      November 20, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. flyboy7588

    Just curious, what color are the suspects? Ever notice when the lib media refuses to disclose this, the suspects are almost always Black or Hispanic.

    October 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Doesn't have anything to do with the "lib" media, and everything to do with the fact they're minors.
      Don't be disingenuous, or try to turn this into a political debate.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • illmatico

      Hey genius, they are minors.

      October 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • TD

      The liberal media doesn't identify
      their race because it has nothing to do with it.

      October 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • icurheinie

      Race or religion has nothing to do with violence and crime, it's all about BEHAVIOR.

      October 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      The 12%of US race that commits 70% of crime

      October 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      This isn't about race . This about my cousin which was way to young to leave.

      October 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brenda

    Why are the pictures of these murderers posted? I have seen pictures of young drug dealers posted, why not these two?

    October 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gale

    Fry them. If they can do that at such a young age just think what they would do if they get out.

    October 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Towanda

    To the family – So sorry for your tragic loss and the pain you are suffering. I've said a prayer for comfort to you.

    October 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Roxanne

    R u refering to me...sixin?

    October 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Laurie

    Hey Bob-eG: Are you kidding me??? "God has a plan"???? That's bull****. And to Chris "...comments as Bob's do help a family to heal..."... Let me ask you: have either of you ever lost a child? I didn't think so. I've been there, I've lost two sons, one in infancy and the other at 18years old. Comments like both of yours ABSOLUTELY DO NOT HELP!!! Just listening to the surviving family does help a little, but nothing can bring a child back. So stop sitting on your thrones and quit presuming to know what would or would not help other parents like me who have suffered the ultimate pain of losing a child you carried for nine months, guided through however long of a life they've had with you, and then to have them ripped away from you and your heart literally ripped out.

    October 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Laurie, I HAVE lost a child, and you know what DIDN'T help???
      Stupid comments like yours.
      Don't do the same thing you just did...assume ANYTHING.
      They are expressing condolences, and if you have nothing to say, SAY NOTHING!

      October 23, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. derp

    Wow, I see the good christians have out in droves with the "kill them, hang them, burn them" in full force.

    Maybe you clowns forgot, your religion demands that you forgive them.

    Jesus died for their sins too.

    You get to hang out with them in heaven.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ibjonnyc

      And you know these people are christians how exactly? Oh you don't know. You just felt like posting an idiotic statement because, as an atheist, you have to say something against christians no matter what? I get it. You're a simple-minded idiot.

      October 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • notraitors

      And maybe you can bunk in with Eugene "Bull" Connor and George Wallace, dope

      October 23, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kate from Canada

    Do you really have to turn this into a race issue? A little girl is dead. Two young boys are charged with her death. Isn't that enough heartache and grief for everyone without tossing out racist statements into the mix? And where does the 'jewish' comment come from?

    October 23, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmy

      because there is a double standard in the USA for inter racial crimes

      October 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • arian brotherhood

      Yes we do because every time you turn on the news and you hear something so messed up as this its your people who are to blame 9 times out of 10. You people kill over a pair of shoes. Go sell some crack or heroin earn a few bucks and go buy the stuff you want instead of being a coward and kill for it. Wish they would of tried this in my neighborhood!

      October 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • xatamath

      its aryan you wanna be skinhead race is a non factor all people are bad

      November 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buford T Justice

      Why doesn't the article have pictures of the two colored boys responsible for the murder?

      October 25, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      it sickens and amazes me that ppl still use the word COLORED...we are now in 2012 and I proud to SAY we have a black PRESIDENT... will you JOin me in the 21st CENTURY.. please and thank you

      October 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • itchycraw

      Exactly - where are the pics......... when the recent 10 yr old was slain it was CNN front pg news. The perp was a teenage Anglo Saxon; these tens are non Anglo and (guess what)........ no PICS - the word imbalance comes to mind. Can anyone supply a rational explanation regarding the placement of the story as well as the lack of pics?

      October 28, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • alan fischer

      I agree–show their picture

      November 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James

    I'm so sick of this type of crime happening..We can't even feel safe to let our kids out without having to shadow them. I don't care that these kids were 15 & 17–don't want to hear any pathetic excuses that people use, like "I was molested as a child", "I snapped","we went crazy",etc,,,these types of crimes should be punished with the death penalty...not a life term,,, so they can live out a long life with medical,dental, and free meals till old age....

    October 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dennis

    'Vengeance is mine' said the Lord. For whatever it's worth, when God said Thou shalt not kill–His follow up was not "unless we vote on it." I believe there is a place that God will take care of these murderers. BTW what difference does the color of their skin make? Do you think only dark skinned people murder??
    Caucasian Christian

    October 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • relians

      i thought it went, "thou shall not kill, except in the name of the lord"?

      October 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ibjonnyc

      Well relians. It's obvious your single working braincell misfired. I guess it's probably difficult for you to type while trying to remember to breath at the same time.

      October 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • notraitors

      Race sure made a difference in the Trayvon Martin case, didn't it? (and George Zimmerman is half Hispanic)

      October 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DCBill

    I may sound heartless, but–if these young men are found guilty of this child's murder–they should not be imprisoned for life but face capital punishment as soon as they exhaust their legal rights.

    The death penalty should apply automatcially to anyone who murders a child.

    If the convicted murderer is a child himself/herself, then that sentence should attach as soon as they reach their "adulthood" in the state where they reside or committed the crime.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh really

      Because an adult's life is worth less? Because a murdered adult is less horrific? Why would that be?

      October 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • relians

      "can you give life to those who are dead? then be not so quick to take it from those who live" Gandalf (paraphrased)

      October 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rage

      It seems to have escaped you notice that these boys are 15 and 17. And as you said "Anyone who kills a child should face capital punishment. Don't be so quick to be judge, jury and executioner. These boys are children as well remember. While agree these boys are obviously needing help of some kind, the murder of a murderer is still murder no matter how you phrase it.

      October 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Old enough to know murder is wrong. Crucify these two murderers in the streets.

      October 23, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "The death penalty should apply automatcially to anyone who murders a child"

      Say the genius who wants to murder a 15 year old.

      October 24, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. Heywood

    Not humans at all. i have more respect for most ants i have ever seen. The only justice would be for them to be executed immediatly.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glenna

      I agree.

      October 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      Agreed 100%

      October 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jo

    They better be tried as adults, none of this juvie crap and getting out at 21. They ere obviously just staringout on their careers muderers, if not before this.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
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