Vigil Held for Elevator Torching Victim in Brooklyn

Friends and neighbors lights candles and pray for Deloris Gillespie, who was torched to death in an elevator

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    Vigil held for Deloris Gillespie Tuesday night in Prospect Heights

    Members of the Prospect Heights community in Brooklyn gathered Tuesday night to remember a 73-year-old woman who was burned to death inside an elevator.

    Friends and neighbors lit candles and prayed for Deloris Gillespie, who died Saturday when an attacker sprayed gasoline on her and set her on fire in the elevator of her apartment building.

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    Jerome Isaac has been charged with murder and arson after police say he doused his neighbor in gasoline and lit her on fire inside an elevator. News4's Ida Siegal reports. (Published Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011)

    The man charged with her murder, Jerome Isaac, told police he did it because she owed him money.

    Those who knew Gillespie couldn't imagine how anyone could commit such a horrific act against her.

    "This is not the way for anybody's life to be taken away from them," said a woman who attended the vigil Tuesday. "I hope he gets the maximum punishment that anyone could ever have in this life."

    Gillespie leaves behind four children.

    Her funeral will take place after Christmas.