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New Jersey teenage brothers lure 12-year-old girl into home, then murder her

By Greg Goodsell
October 24th, 2012
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A 17 and 15-year-old brother have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 12-year-old girl. According to police, the youngest brother lured little Autumn Pasquale of Clayton, New Jersey into their home with the promise of bicycle repairs when the oldest brother strangled her and stuffed her body into a recycle bin.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Autumn had been reported missing since this past weekend. She was last seen riding her BMX bike Saturday, a little more than a week before what would have been her 13th birthday. She appeared to have been strangled, Gloucester County prosecutor Sean Dalton said.

The boys' mother had come forward with information about a posting on a son's Facebook account. Authorities wouldn't say what was on the Web site or discuss a possible motive for the killing. There were no signs of sexual assault.

The brothers apparently lured Autumn into the house they shared with their mother and stepfather for the purpose of getting parts for her treasured BMX bike. Autumn rode the bike frequently and talked about on her Facebook pages.

Both brothers have been charged with first-degree murder, body disposal and tampering with evidence. The 15-year-old has also been charged with luring.

Dalton says his office is considering trying to have the case transferred to adult court. The boys, who have remained unnamed as they are juveniles, turned themselves in with their attorneys.

Autumn's body was found Monday morning in a recycling bin on a vacant property next to the home where the boys live, police said. The suspects had attended a community vigil for her shortly before the discovery.

Autumn's BMX bike and other belongings were recovered from the boys' home. A backpack matching a description of the girl's was also seen being taken out.

Neighbors also said the house was a place where teens frequently hung out and had parties.

The home is just blocks from Autumn's house and from the town hall, where thousands of people gathered for the tearful candlelight vigil to pray for her safe return in this town of 8,000 about 25 miles south of Philadelphia.

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