Pennsylvania (The Gaslamp Post) – Three teenagers have been charged in connection with a shooting this past Saturday which left a young mother of a 23-month-old baby dead. The shooting stemmed from a situation that had escalated after the teens demanded cigarettes.
William Bailey, 28, had just left a convenience store on Saturday, when they were followed by three teenagers. Soon after leaving the store, the three began shouting obscenities behind him as they closed in.
“I didn’t look at them. I didn’t acknowledge them,” Bailey said. He said the boys yelled at him, used foul language and got progressively louder.
Police say that Todavia Cleckley, 14, Marcus Velasquez, 14, and Kyle Goosby Jr.,13, had followed Bailey to his home and confronted him, demanding cigarettes. Bailey’s fiance, Kayla Peterson, 22, then had a few things to say to the teens.
After a brief exchange of words, Peterson, mother of Bailey’s daughter was reported to have told the teens to quit running the streets and said, “Why don’t you guys get a job”. A juvenile witness reportedly told police that they saw Velasquez pull a handgun from his waistband, point it at the couple, and fire.
The teens reportedly ran down an alley and away from the scene after that.
Bailey told police that he looked around and saw that his fiance had been hit in the abdomen. He recalled her saying, “Ouch” and then said, “I can’t feel my legs… I want to lay down.” Peterson was reportedly air-lifted to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she died.
The youngest of the three, Kyle Goosby Jr. was apprehended by police on Monday. He was charged as an adult with conspiracy to commit homicide. He was arraigned and is being held in the Beaver County jail on $50,000 bond.
Cleckley and Velasquez are also charged with conspiracy to commit homicide, but Velasquez has additional charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment. Both are at large and are reported as being armed and dangerous.
All three teens are no stranger to police. According to the Times-Online:
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.
Bailey says that he knows the families of the teens and that they’ve called to offer their condolences. He is now left to raise their baby daughter, who will never have the chance to know her mother, alone.
You can’t tell me that no one knows where those two are hiding. If they are caught, chances are that they’ll be out of prison by 21. How does that sit with you America? – tglp