"It's been really hard and sad for everybody here," said a Clayton teen. In a small town like Clayton it's not hard to find people who knew both 12 year old Autumn Pasquale and the teen brothers Dante and Justin Robinson who are accused of killing her.
"I knew her family but not well," said Amanda Broadwater who also at one time had class with 15 year old Justin Robinson.
"He was a good kid and he always stood up for me when other kid bullied me," she said. But as she stood at the memorial for Autumn she struggled to understand how the Justin she knew could be accused of doing something so monstrous.
"It was just mind boggling," said Broadwater.
The boys will be in court Friday.
"They should give her justice by putting them in jail for a long time," said Shyasia Preston. She and Deja Preston are from Vineland and didn't know Autumn. Still they drove 20 minutes to light a candle in her memory.
"How could someone do something like this?" said Deja Preston.
Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton met with Autumn's family Friday. He said, "We wanted to assure them that we're moving forward and that we're 100% behind them in making sure that justice is done. We want to make sure that the two individuals responsible for their daughters death are held accountable in the court of law."
The Robinson brothers have a detention hearing at 11am Friday. A judge will decide if they should remain behind bars or be released into the their parent's custody.