ATTLEBORO (CBS) – A 17-year-old from Cranston, RI has been arrested in the murder of a man whose body was found burning on the side of a road in a quiet neighborhood early Tuesday morning.

Police say the teen, who has not been identified, shot 24-year-old Valdez Loiseau at a home in Cranston.

Loiseau was dating the suspect’s mother. The teen told police he shot Loiseau because he was fighting with his mother, 35-year-old Melonie Perez.

Melonie Perez and Samantha Rastella (Images from Cranston PD)

Police say after the killing, Perez and her son drove the body to Attleboro and set it on fire.

Perez and a second woman, 18-year-old Samantha Rastella, were arrested for failing to report the crime.

Police search for evidence where a body was found on fire early Tuesday morning in Attleboro. (WBZ-TV)

Loiseau’s body was found in a wooded area off Prescott Street around 3 a.m. Tuesday by an Attleboro Police officer.

Police had increased patrols in that neighborhood, which sits off of I-95 and Exit 3, after residents reported seeing a recent increase in drug activity.


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