Schenectady woman allegedly set on fire by husband dies

March 06, 2017 11:47 AM

SCHENECTADY – The Schenectady woman whose husband police say poured gasoline on her and set her on fire has died.

Police say Elizabeth Gonzalez succumbed to her injuries Sunday morning at Westchester Medical Center as her husband, 69-year-old Antonio Bargallo, was being arraigned in Schenectady City Court on attempted murder charges.

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"Obviously, the attempted murder now becomes murder," said Schenectady Police Sgt. Matt Dearing.

Police say the horrific crime unfolded early Saturday morning just before 6 a.m. during an argument between the two.

"There was gas that was poured on her. She was set on fire," Dearing said.

Police say Bargallo also set the home on fire and Gonzalez ran out of the house still in flames. The chaos jolted neighbors out of bed, including Gonzalez's friend in the home just across the street.

"I went to the window, I saw her in flames, and I came running down the stairs with a blanket and covered her up with it," said neighbor Claire Morales.

Gonzalez was taken to Ellis Hospital then airlifted to Westchester Medical Center where police say she finally succumbed to severe burns.

"I'm heartbroken," Morales said. "I did everything I could."

Morales says she's known Gonzalez since she was 14 years old. She says she was a great friend, a wonderful person, and now the whole neighborhood is grieving.

"She was amazing," Morales said. "She was awesome. She was so friendly. She was always nice to my kids. She was nice to the neighborhood. She did a lot of gardening."

Morales has set up a GoFundMe account called Unite for Elizabeth and her two sons to pay for medical bills, funeral services and help out the loved ones still trying to come to grips with this tragedy.


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