Kayla Peterson, a 22-year-old mother in Pennsylvania killed by three teenagers, was murdered because she told them to get a job.
On December 8, at approximately 3pm, three boys – teenage thugs – followed William Bailey, her boyfriend, home from a nearby store, asking him for cigarettes.
Peterson came outside of the home she shared with Bailey, to see what going on, and ended up telling the teenagers to get a job.
Enraged, they shot Kayla Peterson.
The beautiful mother of a 23 month-old daughter named Ellionna Bailey, was airlifted to a hospital and died of her injuries.
Initially, police arrested one kid, Kyle Goosby, 13, on charges of conspiracy to commit homicide. The other two teenagers had escaped.
Nearly two weeks later, on December 19, Todavia Cleckley, and Marcus Velasquez, both 14 were arrested.
It has been determined that Valasquez was the shooter.
Cleckley has been charged with conspiracy to commit a homicide. Velazquez has been charged with criminal homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, according to the Post-Gazette
Cleckley and Velasquez were apparently so proud of themselves that they posted pictures of themselves brandishing guns on Facebook only hours after the crime.
Bailey is convinced that others were shielding the teenagers from the law and should be held accountable. He said,
At 14-years-old, you can’t go get a hotel. You can’t go get your own apartment. You have to have some kind of help.
It seems that the community that Kayla Peterson chose to live in, Beaver Falls, is awash in violence.
At a vigil outside Peterson’s home, the Times Online reported that Mark Ongley, Pastor of Ashes to Life Ministries, recalled meeting one of Peterson’s friends prior to her burial. That friend told Ongley that Peterson’s circle had lost more than 20 people to drug overdoses and shootings.
Where were the parents, or adults responsible for their care, of the 13-year-olds and 14-year-olds? Did they care where their children were?
Look, sometimes, whether we like to admit or not, people are just bad. even kids. Some are born that way.
Many other times, though, it is the direct result on not having adequate parental supervision.
As William Bailey said, “At 14-years-old, you can’t go get a hotel. You can’t go get your own apartment. You have to have some kind of help.”
Now the three teenagers are locked up with prosecutors intending to try the shooter as an adult.
The others will likely be tried as juveniles and will be out by the time they are 21, with little to no education and very well-versed in the ways of street life. They will get out and likely resume their criminal ways.
Many times in many states, life in prison doesn’t really mean life at all and the so-called “lifers” end up back on the streets.
That will likely not occur in Pennsylvania. A life sentence in Pennsylvania usually means life behind bars. Unless a pardon is granted.
That’s what Marcus Velasquez can look forward to if he is tried and convicted as an adult.
All for a cigarette and a perceived “diss”.