When a teenage boy used bike parts to convince a 12-year-old South Jersey girl to come into his house, he and his older brother killed her. Autumn Pasquale’s body was strangled and put into a recycling bin next door in one of the most gruesome and heinous acts that has shocked the nation.
One of the teenagers that murdered Autumn posted information about the murder on Facebook as Autumn’s parents and residents in Clayton, New Jersey were frantically searching around for the young girl.
Several students said on Tuesday that the message only included only one word: Autumn. The message was sent to the victim’s brother. When the mother of the young boys saw the Facebook posting, she turned in her 15 and 17 year old sons to the police.
After police heard from the mother of the boys, Prosecutor Sean Dalton said that the police executed a search warrant on the home Tuesday morning and found the girl’s Odyssey BMX bicycle and backpack along with other evidence. Justin was known for trading BMX bike parts.
Autumn rode off on her bike to visit Scotland Run Park just before her 13th birthday. The two boys named in the crime are Justin Robinson and Dante Robinson.
Autumn died from “blunt force trauma, consistent with strangulation.”
Justin was the one that lured Autumn over. A third teen boy also lives in the house where Autumn died. One of the trio traded in BMX bike parts and Autumn was riding a white BMX bike when she disappeared.
The brothers are being charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposing of a body, tampering with evidence, and theft. Justin is being charged with luring. Justin was supposedly “obsessed with bikes” according to neighbors.
There are reports that say that the brothers may have even attended a candlelight vigil for Autumn on the night that her body was recovered.Autumn Pasquale
“I know a lot of you are angry over what has happened and deservedly you have a right to be angry,” stated Mr. Dalton. “I hope today there is some measure of closure and that we can all join in mourning the loss of this beautiful child.”