CLAYTON, N.J. (AP) — Some residents of Clayton say people suspected two teenage brothers accused of murdering a 12-year-old girl of being troublemakers, but not of being violent.
The boys, ages 15 and 17, are accused of killing seventh-grader Autumn Pasquale who disappeared Saturday and stuffing her body into a recycling bin. The body was found Monday night.
Beverly Davis, who says she went to school with Autumn’s father and the suspects’ mother, said the boys stole one of her children’s bikes. It was the type of theft others also say the brothers were known for committing.
But some residents who observed the boys found them to act the right way around adults, to smile and be courteous.
Said 16-year-old Na’eem Williams of the slaying, “I know they didn’t do nothing like that.”