There is an update on the brutal and senseless attack on an Dorothy Dow, an 83-year-old great-great-grandmother in Meriwether County, Georgia. According to law enforcement, five assailants are accused of breaking into Dow’s home. At least one of the attackers had been hired to work in a blueberry field on the property and knew Dow, who had hired him and paid in cash. Sheriff’s deputies say that the attackers broke into her home through a screen door and assaulted the grandmother while she was sleeping in her bedroom. They demanded money and the victim stated that she had none in the home. Then she was viciously beaten and pistol-whipped by her attackers.
Dow sustained extensive injuries, including two broken arms, bruising and cuts to her face. The attackers then left and returned and sprayed lighter fluid over her body and set the senior citizen on fire, leaving her to die. Dow was able to extinguish the flames and call 911. Since that time she has been in intensive care clinging to life and now that struggle is over. Dow died Saturday, Aug. 27 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, according to Meriwether County Deputy Coroner Leonard Wigley Jr.
Dow’s attackers have been identified as Justin Pierce Grady, 38, Cortavious Dehun Heard, 18, Shanquavious Keontrell Cameron, 17, Mina Christine Ellery, 17, and Angel Latrice Harmon, 17. The adult and teen attackers were caught quickly after the attack and remain in the Meriwether County Jail. The attackers originally faced multiple charges that included attempted murder, armed robbery, attempted arson and burglary. Now that their victim has died, charges will more than likely be upgraded to include malice murder because of the brutal nature of the attack and the deliberate action of setting the disabled senior citizen on fire.