What Would You Have Done? Mom Calls Cops On Sons Who Murdered NJ Girl For Bike

October 25, 2012  |  

I’m sure you might have heard the very sad story of Autumn Pasquale, and if you haven’t you should be informed for the sake of keeping your own children protected, and making sure your children are responsible for their actions. It all happened in the town of Clayton, N.J.

When 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale left her home at 12: 30 p.m. on Saturday on her beloved BMX bike, her family didn’t know that it would be the last time they would ever see her alive. With a curfew of 8 p.m. that Pasquale didn’t show up for, her father decided to call police and put them on alert that she was missing around 9: 30 p.m. By Monday, hundreds of law enforcement officials and volunteers were out on the streets looking for the young girl, but with no luck. Sadly, by Monday night her body was found in a recycling bin, and just as quick as it started, the search was over.

It has now come out that the people allegedly responsible for the death of Autumn, who was set to turn 13 next week, were teen brothers, young black boys who had lured Pasquale into coming to their home by using Facebook in order to trade BMX bicycle parts. At least, that’s what she thought she was going to do. When she arrived, her bike was stolen, and in the end, she was strangled and left in the recycling bin. The brothers, 15 and 17, have been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposing of a body, as well as tampering with the evidence and theft. The youngest brother was also hit with a luring charge for pushing Pasquale to come to their home. Because they are minors, they are currently being charged as such (hence their names not being released officially). However, prosecutors are asking for the boys to be charged as adults because of how heinous the crime is.

What makes this story all the more intriguing is the fact that the two boys were finally taken in not because of their own confessions (though they did leave a lot of evidence everywhere), but by their own mother. According to CBS News, she became alarmed and thought they could be involved after finding suspicious comments on their Facebook pages. She called the police on Monday, and that’s when the wheels really started to turn. Pasquale’s bike and the other possessions she brought with her to meet up with the boys were found at their home. To be clear, her body was found in a recycling bin that was actually behind a vacant home next to the boy’s house. The boys actually had the gall to show up at Autumn’s vigil on Monday before her body was found and arrests were made, but I guess that was done to keep people from being suspicious.

In a story on USA Today’s website (via the AP), it seems people in the community had different views of the boys and their behavior. While friends and neighbors thought the boys were respectful for the most part, others in the community of 8,000 say the two boys were known for stealing bikes and their mischief.

As Beverly Davis says, “We are not surprised by who the suspects were. We’re not surprised at all. They’re not always on the right side of the law.”

While the youngest boy involved in the murder seemed to be an everyday sophomore who participated on the wrestling team, the elder brother involved went to a school for students with behavioral, social and academic issues, and according to neighbors, you wouldn’t catch him outside of the house as much. Sadly, the boys’ father was contacted by the AP and he said that not only had he not seen his sons in a year, he had pretty much been in and out of their lives for seven years, so he really couldn’t comment on their actions.

All in all, I’m proud of the mother for stepping up and doing something that I’m sure (or at least I hope) was very difficult. No one wants to watch their children go to jail and get in trouble, but by calling the police, she helped a family get the closure they deserved. If the tables were turned, I’m sure she would have wanted the same respect. But what would you have done? I could say I would have pushed for my kids to turn themselves in, but it’s tough to say until you find yourself in such a terrible position. Pray that it never happens.

How would you have handled the situation if you were the mother in this story?



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