2 teens accused in Beaver Falls killing charged as adults

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Two teenagers accused in a weekend shooting death in Beaver Falls will be charged as adults, Beaver County police Chief Charles R. Jones Jr. said this morning.

Todavia S. Cleckley and Marcus Velasquez, both 14, are charged with conspiracy to commit criminal homicide in the killing of 22-year-old Kayla Peterson of Beaver Falls.

Marcus is also charged with criminal homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.

"They're armed and dangerous," Chief Jones said. "I'd like to see them off the street."

Ms. Peterson was shot a little after 3 p.m. Saturday outside her home in the 500 block of 13th Street while she was outside with her boyfriend.

One of the teens pulled out a gun and fired a round from across the street after a dispute with the couple over a pack of cigarettes, Chief Jones said.

Beaver County coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said Ms. Peterson died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. She died about 5:25 p.m. Saturday at Allegheny General Hospital.

About 2 a.m. Sunday -- less than 12 hours after the shooting -- a blurry photo of two boys pointing guns at the camera was uploaded to Todavia's Facebook page. Todavia's profile picture shows a boy brandishing two guns -- a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver.

Charges against additional suspects are possible as the investigation continues, Chief Jones said. Police had been searching for three people who were seen in the area around the time of the shooting.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1944 and on Twitter: @borntolede.


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