Two 14-year-old boys who allegedly fatally shot a young mother in an argument over a packet of cigarettes posted pictures of themselves brandishing guns on Facebook hours after the crime.
Police are still searching for Todavia Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez, who will be tried as adults for the murder in Beaver Hills, Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon. A third boy, 13-year-old Kyle Goosby, is already in custody and has been charged with conspiracy to commit homicide.
One teen pulled out a gun and fired a single shot, Beaver County police Chief Charles R. Jones Jr. said. Peterson, who had a young daughter, was flown to Allegheny General Hospital but died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen two hours later. ‘Words were exchanged and then gunfire,’ Jones said. ‘It’s disheartening juveniles this age were involved in an incident like this, and have guns.’
On Sunday, less than 12 hours after the shooting, a blurry photograph of two boys pointing guns at the camera was posted on Cleckley’s Facebook page. The page already showed him posing with two guns – a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver – as the profile picture, which was uploaded last week. The page has now been taken down.
Jones said that the boys were ‘no strangers to us. We’ve dealt with them before’. He added that he was not aware of the teenagers having contact with Peterson before the killing. The boys have all had previous run ins with the police. Velasquez, who has been involved with at least five alleged incidents, is still awaiting a hearing for two disorderly conduct citations from November.
‘They’re armed and dangerous,’ Chief Jones said. ‘I’d like to see them off the street.’