The teens who confessed to killing Autumn Pasquale have been named and identified in the latest update to this quickly developing case. There are also new details regarding what police believe happened the day the 12-year-old New Jersey girl vanished. This is just such a tragic story that highlights how animalistic some people can be at even such young ages as 15 and 17 years old. Once again, the infamous debate on nature versus nurture shows itself as a relevant discussion point in current events.
17-year-old Dante Robinson and his 15-year-old brother Justin Robinson allegedly lured the 12-year-old girl to their home under the guise of giving her bicycle parts for her BMX. Instead, they kept her bike and disposed of her body after beating and strangling her to death. Neither of the teenagers sexually assaulted the missing girl, which shows that their motives were as superficial as theft of a cheap bicycle -- though there could be other motives as this case develops.
The mother of one of the teens found suspicious Facebook postings that led her to contact authorities -- which led the two teens to confess to the senseless murder of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale. What led these two teenagers to murder a preteen over a bike (or anything else for that matter)? Are some people simply inherently "bad" or "evil" -- or is something in their home environments to blame for the grisly crime the two allegedly committed?
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