BEAVER FALLS (KDKA) – A young father is left to care for his little girl after the child’s mother was shot and killed.
The suspects are not even old enough to drive.
According to police, the victim was shot just because she refused to give three boys a cigarette.
Police have arrested a 13-year-old boy in connection with the murder, but they’re still looking for two more.
Beaver Falls Police believe it is just a matter of time before they find and arrest two 14-year-old boys as well.
Meanwhile, friends and family of the victim, 22-year-old Kayla Peterson, are wondering why the she was killed over something petty.
“There was only one shot fired and it went through the gate and took her life,” Peterson’s boyfriend, William Bailey, said.
According to police, two 14-year-old boys and a 13-year-old boy followed Bailey home from the store asking for cigarettes.
“My girlfriend came outside to see what was going on because there was commotion and she told them to go get a job and quit running the streets and quit bumming cigarettes. The kid was standing over in the alleyway and he just shot at her,” Bailey said.
One of the 14-year-old boys, Todavia Cleckley, posted a picture on Facebook of himself posing with two handguns.
The other 14-year-old boy has been identified as Marcus Velasquez.
“It’s hard. She has a 23-month-old baby that’s left with nothing,” Trish Stuck said.