Teens Allegedly Kill a Woman Over Cigarettes & Brag About It on Facebook (PHOTOS)

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FacebookIs the anonymity of our technologically enhanced lifestyles making it easier to kill? There’s got to be some reason why so many people have increasingly so little value for human life, especially kids. Because stories like this are becoming so sadly and disgustingly commonplace: According to police, last Saturday, Todavia Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez allegedly shot Kayla Peterson in the abdomen while she was standing outside of her Pittsburgh-area home—in broad daylight—over a pack of cigarettes. She died that evening. The victim was only 22, the accused assailants are just 14. 

Less than 12 hours after taking that woman’s life, one of these little fools posted a picture of himself and the other boy flashing guns and pointing loaded pistols at the camera. Somebody should’ve given these kids a good shaking a long time ago but I also suspect they could only have been so bold and disrespectful because no one was regularly checking in on their Facebook pages.

You know, kids breed their alter egos on social media. I know I’ve had to check my daughter’s a couple of times for pictures that were too racy, poses that were too suggestive, and language that was unbecoming to the way I know I’m trying to raise her. They become Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr vigilantes, sex kittens, thugs, and gangsters. Usually fraudulent ones, except in this case.

Now Kayla’s family is left to mourn her death—and such a stupid, unnecessary death at that—and the parents and loved ones of these two boys have got to be wrestling with the loss of their lives, as well. They’re both charged with conspiracy to commit criminal homicide. Velasquez is also being pinned with two felony counts of aggravated assault and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.

I’m not blaming social media outright. It’s just a sounding board for something that’s already going terribly wrong with our children. But it does breed bravado and a disconnection with reality that’s allowing kids to fuel fantasies about who they really are and live those play personas out. It's a truly terrifying new reality.

Do you think social media and techie communication breeds this kind of behavior? 

Image via Shane Pope/Flickr

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Carmen Ruth

Any particular reason why they're not being charged with 2nd Degree Murder?

Megan Lee

This is disgusting...

Ashle... AshleyB1984

One, this doesn't have to do with social media. Two, they should be charged with murder. They didn't just "conspire" they acutally DID kill.

Angie... AngieHayes

Dont blame social media, blame our justice system, these boys, kids, know nothing will happen to them because they are kids.


You write about the boys loved ones and family but for some dumbass reason you don't mention how the little fucking murderers got not a gun, but GUNS;big shiny ones at that. Sorry, but I don't give a fuck about their "loved ones" or them and don't want to hear how xyz failed them.

three... threeforme157

It is not social media, it is bad parents.  I guarantee when their home life is looked into they will find an absent father and an unfit mother.  Parents of kids that get in this kind of trouble should be held accountable as well as the kid.

Christy Howell-Hoots

Ashley, yes they did kill.  However, there was a case where I live where they couldn't figure out which of the three actually fired the gun, so all were charged with conspiracy rather than murder.  They still received life sentences, though.

Turqu... TurquoiseRoses

Not proud of this at all but the one boy is my 3m old nephew's dad's cousin...Nice family huh?

Kim_G... Kim_Gimondo

Stupid charges if you ask me. That's streight up MURDER! Regardless of the boys' age. I still think if you take a life, your life should be at no value and taken from you! PERIOD!


Lisa Spano

Seems to me if the parents were able to spend more time with their kids they would already KNOW what is going on w/o having to check their pages, however, this economy leaves BOTH parents often times having to work leaving the kids to raise themselves and our money hungry attitude of consumer greed doesn't help.........

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