PATERSON — Passaic County prosecutors identified the two bodies found in a burning car Friday in Paterson as Aaron Anderson and Antonio Vega Jr. The victims were found shot to death and burnt beyond recognition, according to authorities.
A makeshift memorial continues to grow on Edmund Avenue where Anderson’s mother, Michele Ryerson, says he used to hang out with his friend Vega.
Anderson leaves behind a 1-year-old son. Ryerson says her 27-year-old son was not a troublemaker. “He’s not one to stand on the corners selling drugs,” she says. “No, he wasn’t that type of person.”
Emergency responders discovered the bodies after the car fire was extinguished early Friday.
Ryerson says to those responsible, “How could you do this to such a good person? What kind of mother raises a kid like that?”
Ryerson has said Anderson borrowed the car from the son of Kim DePaola, who has frequently appeared on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" reality show.
Authorities declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation.