Fundraiser planned for boy whose mom was found dead in burning apartment

MURRIETA – A 3-year-old boy rescued from a burning Murrieta apartment where his mother was discovered murdered will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser next Monday.

A Murrieta Chick-fil-A restaurant plans to donate 20 percent of all earnings from evening sales on Nov. 19 to a trust fund set up for the youngster. The franchise, located at 24794 Madison Ave., will begin the fundraiser at 5 p.m.

Murrieta police officials helped organize the event.

According to police, around 7 a.m. Halloween morning, fire crews were summoned to apartment V-103 at the Waterstone Apartments in the 24800 block of Hancock Avenue to extinguish a small blaze.

While working their way through the smoke-filled unit, firefighters located the body of 23-year-old Shanae Christina Wesley, the apparent victim of a homicide, police said.

”Ms. Wesley’s son was inside the apartment during the fire and was rescued from the fire by a neighbor,” said Lt. Tony Conrad. ”He was treated after the incident and has been released from a local hospital in good condition.”

The youngster is under the care of extended family, authorities said.

Three days after Wesley’s death, investigators arrested her boyfriend, Marquise Denzell McGlown, 22, of Hemet, for alleged parole violations.

”McGlown is considered to be the primary suspect in the death of Ms. Wesley,” Conrad said.

No charges have yet been filed in the case. McGlown has a 2008 conviction for felony burglary and exhibiting a dangerous weapon, for which he served more than a year in prison.

The trust account established for Wesley’s son is at BBVA Compass Bank, 40780 California Oaks Road. Donations can be made to ”MPOA” in care of account No. 6702017503.

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