Family Of Deloris Gillespie, Brooklyn Woman Burned Alive In Elevator, Speaks Out

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The heartbroken family of a Brooklyn woman torched in her building’s elevator talked to the media 12 days after her gruesome death and the day before her funeral.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones at the emotional news conference

Deloris Gillespie‘s adult children, brother and niece traveled from Indiana and Florida to discuss her sudden, horrific death on Thursday.

The 73-year-old died on Dec. 17 after after she was doused with gasoline and set ablaze in the elevator of her Prospect Heights apartment building.

“For someone to sit there and set someone on fire…a 73-year old mother — set on fire that’s ridiculous. I mean what is this country coming to?” said Gillespie’s son, Everett Haynes.

“You hear and read about stuff, but it’s a different story though when it happens to you,” the victim’s brother,  J.C. Causey, added.

“No one deserves what happened to her, my God!” said niece Tracy Gillespie. “The whole world for this instant has stopped because this crime is so horrific, it was so terrible.”

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Her alleged attacker, 47-year-old Jerome Isaac, is charged with murder and arson. He is being held without bail.

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Tracey Gillespie speaks about her aunt's life. (credit: CBS 2)

Gillespie’s friends said she hired Isaac to do odd jobs around her apartment. Isaac told police Gillespie owed him $2,000; she had told neighbors he was stealing from her.

Police said Isaac waited for Gillespie outside an elevator she was riding in. When the elevator door opened, police said Isaac stepped into the car and began methodically spraying Gillespie with a flammable liquid, dousing her from head to toe as she struggled to avoid the spray.

Police said Isaac then tossed a Molotov cocktail into the elevator, setting it ablaze. Gillespie died of burns and smoke inhalation, according to the criminal complaint.

“To me that was what caused her death in the end.  She was trying to help a homeless guy and he ended up killing her,” said Haynes.

“She opened up her heart and her home and that’s what ended up happening,” Gillespie’s daughter said.

Police said Isaac later turned himself in and confessed to the crime. He allegedly reeked of gasoline when he surrendered.

The funeral for the woman who helped many in her community is scheduled for noon Friday at the First A.M.E. Zion Church in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood.

“I would like it to be as an impetus for us to know what it’s like to touch someone else’s life, for her death not to be in vain.  Deloris was always aware of the fact that she was her brother’s keeper,” said Tracy Gillespie.

A Manhattan hedge-fund manager who did not know Gillespie pledged to pay for her last rites and burial, but Gillespie’s son said that has fallen through, Jones reported.

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  1. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  2. TRACK says:

    Stop saying he’s nuts! let him take full responsibility! Watch how he slowly sprays her and then sets her ablaze, HE WAS THINKING ALL THE TIME! Criminals today no remorse, so what attitude…TRACK

  3. jeff muenchow says:

    open and shut case. he has admitted guilt. no matter what, there was no excuse for how he handled this. this piece of dung should be put to death now. not 5,10,or 20 years from now. this would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep him alive in prison. but our gutless court system will not do it. bring me in i will inject.pull the switch,or pull the trigger to end this piece of craps’ life. i would not feel anything but joy. this poor woman died in one of the worst ways possible. lawmakes pull your heads out and realize the open and shut cases like this should follow through with an instant death sentence. jeff

  4. skorpio1119 says:

    FRY HIM ON LOW FIRE TO SUFFER LONGER !!!

  5. soSad says:

    Everyone is anti-litigation or suing nowadays, so this is what happens. People forget, that this is what can happen when people feel they don’t have any legal recourse….they are more likely to try to take the law into their own hands. To sue someone is always a better solution than taking the law into your own hands by physically harming someone.

    I am not making an excuse for the murderer. He should fry for what he did to this poor defenseless woman that tried to help him.

  6. TC says:

    THE WORLD IS THE SAME, BUT ITS PEOPLE THAT ARE CRAZY!

  7. zoemoire says:

    She told family he was stealing from her. Reminder: Don’t hire misfits to assist with little projects around the house.

  8. NY IS A CESSPOOL says:

    LETS SEE THEY GOT HIM ON VIDEO DOING THE CRIME..SO CAN SOMEONE ANSWER ME WHY THIS POS HAS TO HAVE A TRIAL AND WHY CANT HE BE PUT TO DEATH FOR MURDER ONE..OH THATS RIGHT NYS IS A LIBERAL CESSPOOL,,BUT IF IT WAS A COP ALL THE POLITICOS WOULD BE IN FRONT OF ANY CAMERA SCREAMING FOR THE DEATH PENALTY.

  9. Joseph Didonato says:

    How did he give her 2000, he looked like he didnt have two nickels to rub together, he is just NUTS!!!!

    1. skorpio1119 says:

      READ !!!!!!
      HE did not give her any money.
      He did odd jobs around her house.

  10. Esmerelda says:

    If she really did owe him money, he wont get it now.
    Burn him at the stake I say !

  11. the clarkster says:

    I say, throw some petro on this Jerome Isaac guy. See how he likes it. Ok, so the woman owed him $2G’s, understood. But there are other ways to resolve this issue other than murder

    1. Larry Schwarz says:

      I could not agree more.If she really owed him $2,000 and did not pay he should have taken her to small claims court.In a perfect world they should do to him exactly what he did to her.

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