But, but, but……. they’re just boys. Two 14-year-old black teens have been charged with murder in the killing of a white 22-year-old woman, Kayla Peterson. The boys followed her boyfriend from a neighborhood store, and they asked for cigarettes. Reportedly Ms. Peterson said “no”, and then told them to “get a job”, at which time they pulled out two handguns and shot her dead.
PENNSYLVANIA – Two teenagers accused in a weekend shooting death in Beaver Falls will be charged as adults, Beaver County police Chief Charles R. Jones Jr. said this morning.
Todavia S. Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez, both 14, are charged with conspiracy to commit criminal homicide in the killing of 22-year-old Kayla Peterson of Beaver Falls.
Marcus is also charged with criminal homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.
“They’re armed and dangerous,” Chief Jones said. “I’d like to see them off the street.”
Ms. Peterson was shot a little after 3 p.m. Saturday outside her home in the 500 block of 13th Street while she was outside with her boyfriend.
One of the teens pulled out a gun and fired a round from across the street after a dispute with the couple over a pack of cigarettes, Chief Jones said.
Beaver County coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said Ms. Peterson died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. She died about 5:25 p.m. Saturday at Allegheny General Hospital.
About 2 a.m. Sunday — less than 12 hours after the shooting — a blurry photo of two boys pointing guns at the camera was uploaded to Todavia’s Facebook page. Todavia’s profile picture shows a boy brandishing two guns — a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver.
Charges against additional suspects are possible as the investigation continues, Chief Jones said. Police had been searching for three people who were seen in the area around the time of the shooting. (article)
Marcus Velasquez, also known as Marcus Cleckley (left) – Todavia Cleckley (right)
According to online court records, Velasquez had at least five previous run-ins with Beaver Falls police. He still is awaiting a hearing on two disorderly conduct citations filed by city police in connection with Nov. 20 and 21 incidents. Velasquez pleaded guilty on Nov. 20 to disorderly conduct and harassment from a June 13, 2011, fight. Two previous disorderly conduct and harassment cases from May 30, 2009, and Nov. 1, 2009, were dismissed on May 5, 2010.
Cleckley and Goosby also have previous incidents listed in online court records. Cleckley pleaded guilty on Nov. 8 to violation of compulsory school attendance in the Big Beaver Falls School District and was fined. Goosby pleaded guilty on Sept. 6 to a disorderly conduct charge for an unspecified incident and was found guilty on Oct. 20, 2011, of disorderly conduct in connection with a Sept. 20, 2011, in Beaver Falls and fined. An harassment citation filed in connection with an Aug. 27, 2010, incident was dismissed at the Sept. 20, 2011, hearing.