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Police: Man confesses to shooting death of Providence teen

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A 20-year-old man confessed to the shooting death of a teenager in Providence, NBC 10 has learned.

Louis Pena did not enter a plea at his arraignment Thursday in Providence District Court. He was ordered held without bail.

NBC 10 has learned that Pena had been released on bail for three other alleged crimes at the time of the shooting. He was on probation for sexual assault, drug possession and stealing a car.

Police said 16-year-old Eric Cuesta was shot and killed in his cousin's van at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Adelaide Avenue. He was driven to Hasbro Children's Hospital, where he died.

Cuesta, a high school student, was shot in the chest after an argument between him and Pena near Broad Street and Adelaide Avenue. Police said Cuesta and Pena knew each other.

Fifty fire department recruits were brought in to search several surrounding blocks for evidence. The recruits found a gun that police say they believe was used in the shooting.

"We're looking for any type of evidence of this crime. We realize there was not a crime scene when we got here because the victim was at the hospital. So, we have to comb and be methodical in our investigation," Providence police Maj. David Lapatin said.

A memorial to Cuesta grew near the street corner where he was shot.

"He's just a young 16-year-old kid, ordinary, going to school. I guess he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.  God has him in his hands right now. I know he's in a better place,"
Jose Taveras, Cuesta's brother, said Wednesday night.

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