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. Ridiculous

    Would it have been better if she were killed by a white teenager like Jessica in Ridgeway, Colorado? Bigots!

    November 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Billybob

    Pathetic . . .

    November 3, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. mary

    Murdered for a bike ? What kind of upbringing did those boys have ?
    I suspect the parents or guardian should be jailed as well !


    November 4, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marika

    Who cares if the victim and the accused where black, white, yellow, brown, red, purple...
    The result is the same, a twelve year old was murdered and the two accused are going to be prosecuted. I personally hope these two boys get the heaviest sentence New Jersey's murder convictions have to offer.

    November 5, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. RVN VET

    A child is murdered by 2 young boys who decided to commit an evil act and throw their own lives away in the process. That's all that we know and all we need to know about this horrible crime. But so many of us are heavy into speculatin' that it was race or upbringing or something else that can separate us from the killers. But I think killing is killing. There's a law against murder in the State of new jersey and these boys - who will never, ever, ever become men - will face justice and suffer the penalties they've earned. Leopold and Loeb, folks, were neither black nor poor. They were, in fact, scions of wealth and had bright futures offered up to them on platters of silver. They - like these two boys - were also psychopaths, lacking conscience, lacking any real connection with other people. I mention them only because it is important to see and understand that evil exists everywhere and can manifest itself from rich and poor, white and black, alike. So cut the racist crap and pray for the little girl with a heart of compassion, not one filled distracted and chewed up with hatred.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. James

    We as a society are truly broken !

    November 14, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |

    I dont care about their race all I know is 2 teenage boys killed a young girl for her bike. This is sick and I hope either they stay in prision forever and become some inmates prison b**ch. so they suffer in pain for the rest of their lives. Because if i was the mothers girl and they were released I couldn't take it.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ozman

    This article is a very good reflection of our country, we have lost our way as a people and we are headed towards the inevitable collapse. Sad.

    November 16, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
    • gingershell

      A collapse? Give me a break. Wake up people. This is nothing new. People have been doing things like this and even far worse for far less for a long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long, long time. Do you think this kind of stuff is new? Wake up and read a little about our past. It sounds like you will really be surprised when you learn about how brutal we have been to each other for thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of years.

      November 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jimmy

    So when (once in a blue moon) a black is a victim at the hands of a white the whole black community goes apes and the media is all over it like flies on s ht. Every day there are hundreds of whites victimized by blacks, and not a peep. What gives ?

    November 18, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • yo adrian

      well put

      November 21, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Memie

    What ever happened to pushing a kid off her bike and taking it? Now kids are killing each other for their bikes?! Not that I think that pushing is acceptable, but there was a time where killing another person was unthinkable for anyone, let alone children, and let alone for a bicycle! There is something seriously off kilter with how we're raising our children. Throw away the T.V's, disconnect the internet, dismantle the video games, trash the ipods and reconnect with your children...only then we may have an ounce of hope!

    November 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. karllinen

    Why? I'm gonna die wondering why people kill people... I hope there is an answer...somewhere in the far beyond.

    November 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jsalas

    'what does it matter about the killer's race"?.. "a little girl is dead, race doesn't matter"?.. are you all freakinf stupid or what?.. what MATTERS isn't so much that an innocent little WHITE girl was murdered for possibly her bicycle by two BLACK punks – what REALLY MATTERS is the media's SILENCE!! including CNN!!.. look at the wall to wall 24/7 coverage of the Treyvon Martin Case or Crystal Mangum & the Duke Lacrosse Team – and THIS case? Nothing..

    I don't know if Liberals really ARE aware of their hipocrisy and simply choose to ignore it, or if they're really SO ignorant that they just don't see it..

    January 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. R.I.P Autumn Pasquale Tribute

    I loved Autumn So much. I will make web pages to spread awareness that killing is nothing to joke about and it is about losing a adult family member or a child and we all need to know that. RIP all murdered children.

    October 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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