MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Memphis have charged a man in the strangulation death of his mother, whose body was found in her burning home.

The Commercial Appeal says Estelle Carron had taught English at a private school in Memphis for two decades before moving to New Orleans earlier this year. She had returned to Memphis for a weekend visit when her home was found in flames on Sunday. Firefighters found her body inside.

Police arrested 22-year-old Alexandre A. Kim on Tuesday, charging him with first-degree murder.

Brad Kroeker, who identified himself as Carron's companion, told the newspaper she was selling her home in Memphis and wanted to make certain her son had a place to live.

Kroeker said Carron was teaching French at Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans.