Schenectady Woman Dies of Injuries After Allegedly Set on Fire By Husband

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- A Schenectady woman has died of her injuries after her husband allegedly set her on fire Saturday.

Schenectady police and firefighters were called to an Elmer Avenue home for a report of a fire shortly before 6 a.m. When officers arrived, they found the house on fire and 48-year-old Elizabeth Gonzalez with burns all over her body.

“From our initial investigation right now it appears just those two were inside the residence,” said Sgt. Matt Dearing, of the Schenectady Police Department.

Police say Gonzalez and her husband, 71-year-old Antonio Bargallo, got into a fight. Minutes later, he allegedly poured gasoline on her, setting her and the house on fire.

“Our detectives were up here, took statements from anyone who may have seen anything or heard anything," Dearing said. "They are still investigating it.”

Gonzalez was taken Ellis Hospital and later flown to Westchester Medical Center, where she later succumbed to her injuries. Bargallo was not injured. 

Police are still trying to determine what led up to the domestic dispute. 

The news shocking neighbors like Paul Rangel. He has lived next to the couple for five years.

“This was very well unprecedented," Rangel said. "I didn’t think this gentleman was capable of doing this.”

Bargallo has been charged with attempted murder, assault in the first degree and arson in the fourth degree.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Gonzalez's sons. Anyone wishing to donate can click here.

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