Vigil for murder victim left in burning car

An undated courtesy photo of Lori Vargas.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A vigil was held Thursday night to remember a woman who was murdered and her body left in a burning car on the side of the highway.

The body of Lori Vargas, 37, was found early Monday morning in a burning car on I-96 in Ottawa County.

Her boyfriend, Donald Spice, was soon found nearby and taken into police custody. Police say he confessed to murdering Vargas in their Grand Rapids home after a fight.

Mugshot of Donald Alexander Spice (Kent County Jail)
(A mug shot of Donald Alexander Spice.)

Authorities say Spice then loaded Vargas’ body into the car, drove to the Marne area, parked the car on the shoulder of the highway, set it on fire and then walked away.

A detective testified during a Tuesday probable cause hearing that the Kent County medical examiner found the manner of Vargas’ homicide was consistent with the details of Spice’s confession.

Spice, who has a criminal history that includes a 1991 conviction for more than 1,200 break-ins in West Michigan, now faces a murder charge.

A vigil for Vargas was held at the Hesperia High School football field Thursday evening.

She leaves behind two daughters, ages 18 and 11, according to the probable cause records.

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