Memorial Held For Deloris Gillespie, Brooklyn Woman Burned Alive In Elevator

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A memorial for Deloris Gillespie was held this afternoon in Brooklyn.

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

Jerome Isaac, 47, is charged with murder and arson. He is being held without bail. Prosecutors say Isaac cornered her in an elevator in her building, sprayed her with gasoline, then lit her on fire because he believed she owed him $2,000.

Gillespie’s family says she’d been trying to help Isaac, but fired him because he was stealing from her. He reportedly told police that Gillespie owed him thousands in back pay.

Thursday, Gillespie’s grieving family spoke out and were hardly able to contain their anger.

“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.

Today’s memorial was held at the First A.M.E. Zion Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Harlem’s Unity Chapel funeral handled the ceremony.

Please share your thoughts below…

  • Mary

    My heart goes out to the family. I have this love for the elderly and children. My mother is 91 and yes I love the Lord, but , yes there is a but,so help the fool whoever toches my mother. All I have say is may he rest in peace. tHE FAMILY IS IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYES.

  • Joanie Joy Thompson

    I cried every day about this whole thing. This woman was able to live to be 73 years old, and yet someone she is trying to help just took her life like that. Since God is her creator, I would think that he at least want to contact God before he killed someone that God spent precious time create. I do not know how Ms. Gillespie children cope with it. I probable would be in the hospital trying to get it together. By the way just looking at this man would make me not even want to get close to him, much more to help him. The woman bent down to protect herself from gasoline. If I was walking pass and see him, I would have to repent of my sins. I have lots of respect for older people. I am living in Georgia or else I would be there to stand with the family. My condolences goes out to family, friend, and everyone who loves her just like I do, even though I have not met her.

  • Desert Angel

    My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

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