A well-known local musician in Memphis, Tennesee, set himself on fire in a crowded bar on Saturday morning.
He was streaming it on Facebook Live.
The video shows Jared McLemore sitting on the ground and “dousing himself with kerosene,” reports NY Daily News. Another man then jumps on top of him in an attempt to help him, but McLemore burst into flames.
Screengrabs of the incident have surfaced:
Horrifying – but imagine being there. According to witnesses, McLemore ran into “Murphy’s bar on Madison Ave. early Saturday moments after setting himself on fire,” reports NY Daily News.
“This overwhelming smell of kerosene filled the room,” Jim Duckworth, a musician who had just played a set at the bar, told WREG-TV. “Before you see anything, the smell filled the room.”
Duckworth’s girlfriend, Kimberly Koehler, described the incident as a “movie” and the victim as someone who was “wearing a flame-retardant suit.”
“There were some people who thought that it was a joke,” she told the TV station.
McLemore’s ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Moore, was just a couple of feet away from the horrendous scene.
“Jared approached Alyssa and mumbled something about ‘goodbye,’ then grabbed her arm and wiped it on his chest to show he was covered in kerosene,” a GoFundMe page set up for Moore’s recovery effort said.
Moore is a self-employed audio engineer, according to the page.
McLemore had a history of domestic abuse and had spoken about mental health on his Facebook profile.
According to NY Daily News, he had also “tried to kill Moore before”:
Court records show he was arrested in August 2016 after strangling Moore and threatening to kill her multiple times, according to WREG.
McLemore faced domestic assault charges and was put on probation in April. He was also ordered to undergo mental health evaluations.
Arriving at the scene, police officers found the victim with severe burns.
He was then rushed to hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
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