Somerville men killed roommate, moved body to behind middle school, DA says
Two Somerville men have been charged in connection with the death of Vincent Lalli, 66, another Somerville resident, whose body was discovered in Norwood.
The suspects are Anthony Canejo Sr., 52, and Anthony Canejo Jr., 30, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said Friday.
Authorities said the three lived together in an apartment, and the older suspect assaulted Lalli with a crowbar and strangled him there. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy, she said.
Lalli’s body was found Jan. 29 behind the Dr. Philip O. Coakley Middle School in Norwood, a few hundred yards behind the school in a wooded area near athletic facilities – moved there with the help of the younger suspect, Ryan said – by someone walking their dog at about 4:30 p.m. The body, while not far from a school walkway, wasn’t clearly visible, police have said.
Media reports said Lalli had been reported missing to Somerville police in late January.
Canejo Sr. was arrested Thursday in Quincy, and Canejo Jr. was arrested early Friday in Watertown.
Both suspects were arraigned Friday in Somerville District Court, the older one on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Somerville District Court Judge Antoinette Leoney ordered him held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Feb. 21.
Anthony Canejo Jr. was charged with being an accessory after an armed assault with intent to murder and accessory after an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Leoney ordered him held on $250,000 cash bail – but without bail on a separate probation violation. His next court date is a March 28 pretrial hearing.
This post took material from a press release.