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Thomasville mom set on fire by husband being helped by church members

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Friends and church members of a mother set on fire last October are raising money to help with medical bills, supplies and to build her a handicap ramp.

Investigators say Angela Byas’ husband Portugal doused her with gasoline and set her on fire in front her two children. Angela is scheduled to come home from the hospital next week after six months in Wake Forest Baptist burn unit.

“She doesn’t complain about here situation,” said friend Misty Sexton. “She’s a fighter and she’s amazing.”

Sexton and members of Full Gospel Freewill Holiness Church in Thomasville are planning a yard sale and silent auction to help raising funds on Saturday.

Angela is expected to face years of recovery. Portugal faces a number of charges including attempted murder.

Friends say her spirit is strong and despite all she’s been through she’s always thinking of others.

“She ask about other people when you go and see her,” said friend Jacqueline Shumaker.

Saturday’s yard sale and silent auction starts at 7 a.m. The silent auction will end at noon. Breakfast and lunch will be for sale. For more information call 336-442-9181.

Donations will also be accepted or given at any NewBridge Bank under the Angela Byas Family Fund.

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