I posted twice yesterday in hopes of getting to a more… upbeat?… topic today. It looks like that’s not going to happen at the moment. Maybe later I’ll post some photos of fall or something to take my mind off of everything.
I just felt like I needed to post about this, after I had some time to calm down. My anger was out of control last night, and anything I would have typed would’ve been full of horrible language and other not so nice things.
They arrested two boys yesterday for the murder of Autumn Pasquale, 15 and 17 year old brothers. They lived in the house next to where her body was found, and her bike was found in their home.
Why would they choose to end an innocent life? They apparently wanted her bike so they could sell the parts. What a stupid, stupid reason to end a precious life. What a stupid reason to risk life in prison as well. I just can’t fathom what went through their minds when they planned this out. How does one decide that a beautiful, young, bright life is worth a few hundred bucks? What lead them to believe that this was something they had to do? It’s just so disgusting.
The police were alerted by their own mother. She saw the bike and a few questionable facebook posts by the boys and called to report it. Could you imagine being that mother? She made the right decision, but it couldn’t have been easy.
The county prosecutor has stated that he’ll probably ask to move the case to adult court, which I agree should be done. Both brothers are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposing of a body, tampering with evidence and theft. The younger brother also has an added charge: luring.
Just.. I don’t even know what else to say about this. It’s just so gross and disgusting.
As parents, we teach our kids about strangers and the dangers associated with them. We never stop to talk about the dangers associated with classmates and neighbors. That’s the lesson we need to learn from this tragedy.
Take a moment and discuss this with your children. Let them know it’s not ok to go someplace without informing you. Autumn thought she was just making a quick, harmless pit stop to look at bike parts. Educate your children so a tragedy like this does not happen again.
They do have a memorial fund for Autumn Pasquale set up through Fulton Bank. There’s a branch here in Clayton, but you can make a donation through any branch.
Never miss an opportunity to tell someone that you love them. Life is too short sometimes.