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Vigil for father, children killed in fire
SCHENECTADY -- There were many tears, and a call for justice, in a Schenectady neighborhood Wednesday after a man accused of setting fire to a home was set free. Now, a new twist in the investigation, with a large reward for information pointing to a responsible party.
"Let us have peace," begged Liz Dolder, the sister of the man who died in that fire. "We cannot move forward until this is closed until somebody has paid for this. We don't want to look over our shoulders."
Dolder's raw pain was shared with others who came to call for justice. Her brother, David Terry, died in this house fire, along with children Michael, Layah, and Donavan Duell. Safyre Terry clung to life with severe injuries. But there is new hope with a reward from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms offering up to $12,000 for information, an arrest, or a conviction of whoever set this fire.
Mike Dolder is hoping for a tip from anyone, "whether it be a taxi driver driving down the road that night and had seen prior to what had happened," he said. "Maybe the reward will bring them out a little bit."
They believe the US Attorney's office left no stone unturned in its investigation, despite releasing suspect Robert Butler due to a case of unusual and complex facts. Investigators believe gasoline was poured on a staircase and someone lit a match.
"We're going to get you," Liz Dolder said. "We are going to get you. I am a fighter and I'll tell you, you picked the wrong one."
They're asking anyone to think of their own loved ones -- as they look for the one whose actions the ATF considers "senseless and horrific."
"They're people," Dolder said of her loved ones. "Just like you are just like your daughter is, just like your wife is, just like your cousin or your brother or your sister -- they were important to other people. Especially me and my family. That was all the family I had that I could call my own. That was stolen from us. Somebody out there knows the truth."Family members say Safyre is still in the hospital. They don't know when she'll be out but they say she's getting stronger every day.