Suspect in Providence stabbing homicide ordered held without bail

By News Staff


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The suspect in a fatal stabbing in Providence has been ordered held without bail.

Luis Matta, 34, was arraigned in Providence District Court Tuesday morning on charges of 1st Degree Murder and Violation of a Protective Order.

Matta was also presented as a bail violator stemming from a Felony Domestic Violence, Breaking and Entering charge from November of 2018.

Matta turned himself in at the Providence Police Department hours after officers discovered the body of his girlfriend, 33-year-old Rachel Rene, at their apartment River Avenue.

Police say the homicide happened while the couple’s 8-month-old baby was home. That child is safe and unharmed.

Friends of Rene said she was an amazing mother and a person you could count on. Rene used to work as a hairdresser at Jon Richard Salon in Cranston. 

Rene’s death marks the first domestic violence murder of 2019. Police said Rene had a restraining order against Matta.

In court, almost a dozen Sheriff’s surrounded Matta as he entered the courtroom, handcuffed and in shackles.

A reading of the police report regarding the incident was waived during Matta’s arraignment, and no details of the stabbing were revealed.

Tonya Harris, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said this is a heartbreaking case.

“To begin this year in this fashion, in this way, where a young woman’s life has been taken … it’s devastating to this family.”

Matta is due back in court on January 30th for the bail violation.

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