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Murder charge filed for man accused of setting wife on fire

Murder charge filed for man accused of setting wife on fire

He now faces one count of second-degree murder
Murder charge filed for man accused of setting wife on fire
Elizabeth Gonzalez
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SCHENECTADY -- The man accused of setting his wife on fire last weekend, causing her death, is officially facing a murder charge, records show.

The new charge reflects the passing of victim Elizabeth Gonzalez on Sunday at Westchester Medical Center, a day after she was attacked.

Her husband, Antonio Bargallo, 69, has been in custody since shortly after the Saturday assault, charged with attempted murder and other crimes. He now faces one count of second-degree murder.

Police were called to Gonzalez' 146 Elmer Ave. home just before 6 a.m. Saturday. They arrived to find Gonzalez, 48, outside burned. They soon arrested Bargallo.

The home itself also caught on fire, and responding firefighters doused the blaze.

Gonzalez has been remembered by those who knew her as a kind woman who loved children. She was a longtime employee of the Schenectady City School District, most recently as a main office aide at Oneida Middle School.

She previously worked at Roosevelt Elementary and Washington Irving schools and at the Schenectady County Jail, according to her obituary. She also worked at Home Instead Senior Care.

She had two grown sons and four stepdaughters.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Church, 331 Seward Place.

Calling hours are scheduled for 3:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home, 501 Union St.

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