Clayton, N.J. – After receiving a Facebook offer to trade bicycle parts, tomboy and BMX-bike rider, 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale disappeared on 20 October 2012. Two days later, 23 October 2012, her body was found in a local recycling bin. She had been strangled to death. A mother’s suspicions tipped off the police that two teenage boys, aged 15 and 17 were responsible for the murder. The younger, Justin Robinson, claimed sole responsibility for the crime and was sentenced to 17 years in state prison. The elder, Dante Robinson, accepted a plea bargain for obstruction and was released after time served.
Though the murderers were caught and imprisoned, we still don’t know why the Robinson brothers strangled Autumn Pasquale. Their lawyer claims that both Robinson boys witnessed their father strangling their mother during arguments. No motive or details of the crime were presented to the public.
Autumn’s hometown of Clayton, N.J. will surely be remembering the brutal crime that rocked their small community of 8,200 residents. A bike path and a park have been named after Autumn Pasquale and her soccer team renamed themselves as Autumn’s Angels in memoriam.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends, family and community today.