Gloucester County’s bike trail will be named after Autumn Pasquale, according to county officials. Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Heather Simmons announced on Saturday the county’s bike trail that runs through Clayton will be called the Autumn Pasquale Bike Trail.
Pasquale, 12, went missing back on October 20 after telling her parents she was going to ride her bike to a friend’s house in Clayton, New Jersey. Her body was found three days later in a recycling container at a home just five blocks from where Autumn lived. Her white BMX bike was also found inside the same home.
Brothers Dante Robinson, 17, and Justin Robinson, 15, were later arrested and charged with her murder. Police believe the Robinson brothers lured Autumn to their home, promising her parts for her bike.
“The tragic event that took place in Clayton affected so many people,” said Damminger in a press release. “Autumn Pasquale loved her bike and as a celebration of her life, I spoke with my colleagues on the Freeholder Board and we felt it fitting to name the county bike trail that runs through her town in her honor. Nothing any of us can do can bring her back, but we can all keep her memory alive by honoring what she loved doing.”
Damminger claims Autumn’s family is extremely pleased with the gesture. The Autumn Pasquale bike trail will begin at the trail at the County’s Scotland Run Park in Clayton and run from Fries Mill Road to Academy Street, up Garwood, past the High School and out to Delsea Drive.
“The county has already been approved to extend the bike path through Clayton and the work will be completed next spring,” said Simmons. “The 3-mile stretch of bike trail will be beautiful, something we have been told that Autumn would have really enjoyed.”
A ceremony unveiling the new bike trail is set to take place after the trail is completed in the Spring of next year.