Parents Of Slain New Jersey Girl Autumn Pasquale End Legal Fight
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The parents of a New Jersey girl killed last year have announced an end to their legal battle over access to a memorial fund.
Anthony Pasquale and Jennifer Cornwell announced the settlement Thursday, but did not give the terms.
Their 12-year-old daughter Autumn Pasquale was found dead in October after a two-day search that began after she failed to return home by her curfew.
Her body was found blocks from the home where she lives with her father in Clayton. Two teenage brothers are charged with murder.
Investigators said the girl was killed for her bicycle.
Cornwell sued her ex-husband in February, claiming he was not allowing her access to the memorial fund.
The fund began to collect reward money in the case. But after 17-year-old Dante Robinson and 15-year-old Justin Robinson were arrested, the purpose shifted.
The ex-spouses agreed initially to use the fund for funeral expenses and other costs, including the lawyer they initially hired together, and education expenses for their two surviving children.
In letters between their lawyers that were part of the court filing, his lawyer expressed frustration that she had not put into the fund money raised at a December concert in the girl’s honor.
More than $100,000 has been raised for the fund.
“A primary purpose for the memorial fund is to benefit Autumn’s siblings,” the parents said in a joint statement issued Thursday. “Given the fact that we were unified in that purpose, we were able to reach an amicable settlement quickly and without incident.”
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