Reporting Syma Chowdhry
By Syma Chowdhry
CLAYTON, N.J. (CBS) - It was a day of sadness and reflection Sunday as dozens gathered to celebrate the life of Autumn Pasquale, who was murdered one year ago. Little Ease Park was dedicated to her honor.
“It’s has been one year today that our beautiful Autumn was taken from us,” Autmn’s grandmother, Mary Pasquale, said.
The people of Clayton, New Jersey are ensuring Autumn will never be forgotten.
“This is the least we can do,” Mayor Tom Bianco said.
Autumns grandmother lives down the street and has many memories of the two of them at the park. She says Autumn spent a lot of time there skateboarding, riding her bike and cheerleading for the local football team.
Sixteen-year-old Justin Robinson has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after admitting to killing Autumn over her bike — which she rode many times at the park. His brother, Dante, who was initially charged, was released last month.
“I’ve been following the case but today we are focusing on Autumn,” Mayor Bianco said.
Now that the park is named after Autumn — family members hope others will take the time to enjoy it in her honor:
“Have fun, stay safe and create memories,” Mary said.
And while others create memories – the family hopes with its new name – Autumn’s memory will live on forever.