Show of Support for Woman Burned Beyond Recognition

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CLEVELAND, Ohio—Candles lit up a Cleveland community Monday night as family and friends gathered to honor the life of 23-year-old Kimberly Bolton.

Police say Bolton was murdered then burned beyond recognition last week.

"It's unbelievable. I just can't believe that somebody would be that cold hearted to my little sister," said Bolton's sister, Krystal Johnson.

Bolton's body was found last Wednesday behind an abandoned home on Bayliss Avenue.

Her body was so badly burned that authorities had to identify her by fingerprints.

Monday, police arrested and charged Nathaniel Woods, 50, with aggravated murder.

"I guess they was fighting or arguing because my sister would never let someone disrespect her or try to play her, so she probably stood up for herself," added Johnson.

The community is hoping this tragedy sheds light on the violence on the streets.

They are asking city council to install lights on the streets and tear down the abandoned homes.

"It's not safe for anybody. Anybody could be found back there. The city needs to do something about it. I don't know why they keeping them up so long! He took her from our family," said Stacey Dawson, a friend.

"When we come back off recess, my colleagues and I, along with the Mayor, will come up with a comprehensive plan to knock down these abandoned buildings," said TJ Ward, Councilman.

Residents pray that happens before the community suffers another senseless tragedy.

"You never think anyone in your family, that anything like this can happen. With him being arrested, it's a big burden off my chest, and I hope he get what he deserves," said friend Maelene Dixon.

Woods is currently being held in Cleveland's Central Prison Unit.

His initial court appearance on the aggravated murder charge is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.