A Tennessee man set himself on fire while streaming on Facebook Live before running inside a crowded Memphis bar on Saturday. He later died of severe burns at a nearby hospital. According to NBC News, his death has been ruled a suicide.
"It was the most horrific thing I've seen," witness Kim Koehler, who saw the man run inside Murphy's Bar, told NBC affiliate WMC. Witnesses said he was on fire from head to foot when he ran inside the bar.
The man has been identified as Jared McLemore, a local musician. The Facebook Live video showed McLemore seated as he pours kerosene all over his body. He then lit himself on fire before running off screen.
Koehler told the NBC affiliate that McLemore targeted Murphy's Bar because his ex-girlfriend is an employee at the establishment. She said it was likely an act of revenge. Court records have revealed that McLemore threatened to kill his ex in the past. He was sentenced to probation on domestic assault charges last month.
Another man was injured in the incident. According to the report, he tried to kick the lighter out of McLemore's hands. He is expected to make a full recovery.
McLemore allegedly suffered from mental illness.
"No one knows how devastating this is for family to see on video and being reminded over and over in social media," McLemore's family said in a statement. "Jared was our child, brother, nephew, cousin and friend and we loved him immensely," the family said. "He has been struggling with bipolar disorder for 19 years and was in active treatment. Please let him rest in peace."
The incident was the most recent in a string of Facebook Live murders and suicides this year.
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