Kayla Peterson Murder: Teen thugs gun down young mother, 22, after she told them to 'get a job'
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Three teenagers allegedly gunned down a 22-year-old mother after she told them to 'get a job' after they tried to get a cigarette from her boyfriend.
Kayla Peterson was shot at around 3pm on Saturday as she stood outside her home with her boyfriend, William Bailey.
Police are still searching for Todavia Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez, both aged 14, who will be tried as adults for the murder in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon.
A third boy, 13-year-old Kyle Goosby, is already in custody and has been charged with conspiracy to commit homicide.
Two of teenagers posted pictures of themselves brandishing guns on Facebook hours after the crime.
The boys had followed Bailey from a nearby store asking for cigarettes and got into an argument with him and Peterson, according to court documents.
One teen pulled out a gun and fired a single shot, Beaver County police Chief Charles R. Jones Jr. told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Ms Peterson, who had a young daughter, was flown to Allegheny General Hospital but died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen two hours later.
'Words were exchanged and then gunfire,' Jones said. 'It's disheartening juveniles this age were involved in an incident like this, and have guns.'
On the run: Todavia Cleckley, left, and Marcus Velasquez, right, brandish guns and signs on their Facebook pages. They have both been charged in the murder of Kayla Peterson on Saturday
Tragic: Kayla Peterson was shot at around 3pm on Saturday as she stood outside her home with her boyfriend, William Bailey, pictured holding their daughter
On Sunday, less than 12 hours after the shooting, a blurry photograph of two boys pointing guns at the camera was posted on Cleckley's Facebook page.
The page already showed him posing with two guns - a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver - as the profile picture, which was uploaded last week. The page has now been taken down.
Jones told the Times Online that the boys were 'no strangers to us. We've dealt with them before'. He added that he was not aware of the teenagers having contact with Peterson before the killing.
Victim: Kayla Peterson was shot dead as she stood outside her home with boyfriend William Bailey
Killed: One of the teens allegedly shot Kayla, pictured left with her daughter, as they argued over cigarettes
The boys have all had previous run ins with the police.
Cleckley pleaded guilty on November 8 to violation of compulsory school attendance and was fined, while Goosby has been found guilty of disorderly conduct and also fined.
Scene: The boys followed the couple home from this convenience store in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Investigation: Police cars surround the scene of the crime
Crime: The woman was then killed with a single shot to her abdomen outside her home, pictured
Velasquez is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and conspiracy to commit homicide in this latest crime. Cleckley is charged with conspiracy to commit homicide.
'They're armed and dangerous,' Chief Jones said. 'I'd like to see them off the street.'
Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh said he will prosecute both teens as adults.