Church holds fundraiser for Thomasville burn victim

THOMASVILLE, N.C. – A church held a large fundraiser Saturday for a Thomasville woman who was doused in gasoline and set on fire by her husband.

The Full Gospel Holiness Church in Thomasville held a large sale and silent auction for Angela Byas, who has since been released from the hospital and is now home.

Investigators said the attack happened in October of last year at Angela and Portugal Byas’ home on Leach Avenue in Thomasville around 7:30 p.m.

Investigators said Angela’s two teenage daughters were home at the time and witnessed Portugal Byas, 69, the victim’s husband, douse her in gasoline and light her on fire. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and first-degree arson.

People who attended the fundraising event said the community came together to donate gifts and services. They said people that don’t even know the family has helped out.

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