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Colorado woman dies one month after boyfriend set her on fire

July 22, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Colorado woman dies one month after boyfriend set her on fire

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A Colorado woman died Wednesday night one month after her boyfriend allegedly poured gasoline over her body and set her on fire.

According to Fox31 Denver, 32-year-old John Vasquez has been charged with violation of a protective order, first-degree assault, and second-degree attempted murder. Investigators believe that the man doused Christina Archuleta with gasoline and laughed as he lit her on fire at a campsite back on June 17th.

The victim sustained third-degree burns on 60% of her body. Authorities said she needed to be airlifted in critical condition to a hospital. The woman died from her severe injuries late Wednesday night.

A GoFundMe page dedicated to Archuleta released a post on Thursday that read: “I’m sure a lot of you have already heard that our dearest daughter went to be with the Lord … What a heart-wrenching time. I will miss her. Her poor boys. They took it so hard. It was so devastating to see their broken hearts. Please pray for them that God comforts their hearts.”

Other posts on that page, which has raised over $10,600 as of Thursday, indicated that Archuleta’s condition had deteriorated in recent weeks to the extent that she was unable to communicate with her loved ones.

Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, along with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, announced that they discovered a seven-gallon gas tank that was half full at the campsite, along with two lighters in the suspect’s pocket when they arrested him. Vasquez claimed that his girlfriend of two years had caught fire while he was trying to light a fire to cook breakfast.

However, arrest documents indicate that the victim’s sons, who are 7 and 10-years-old, believe Vasquez did it intentionally. One of her sons sustained second-degree burns when trying to put out the fire, and he informed detectives that he witnessed Vasquez pour gas on his mom and light her shoulder on fire.

Vasquez then reportedly stood and laughed at the woman burning alive, and did nothing to help her. Her other son ran to a nearby creek, to get water to help put out the flames.

Law enforcement officials said that the couple had an altercation the previous night while drinking, that ended with Vasquez kicking her and Archuleta hitting him in the face. The sons, who are in the custody of their father, told police they didn’t like their mom’s boyfriend because he always fought with her.

It is not evident whether Vasquez’s charges will be enhanced following Archuleta’s death.

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