Man sets himself on fire on Facebook Live

A Tennessee man is dead after setting himself on fire while streaming the incident on Facebook Live on Saturday.

Fox 13 Memphis reports that the Memphis Police Department responded to a 911 call on early Saturday morning at Murphy’s Bar on 1589 Madison Ave. When police arrived, they discovered a shirtless man with severe burns. He was rushed to the Regional One hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Alyssa Moore, the man’s former girlfriend, identified him as Jared McLemore, a well-known musician in the Memphis area. Witnesses said that McLemore ran into the parking lot across the street from the bar and set himself on fire after dousing kerosene all over his body. He then ran into the bar; some people thought it was a joke while other panicked patrons began screaming.

“It looked like a movie, like someone wearing a flame-retardant suit…There were some people who thought that it was a joke,” witness Kimberly Koehler said.

Moore, who worked at the bar, was only a few feet away from McLemore when he ran in. The pair reportedly had a long history of fighting and domestic abuse.

“It was almost like he waited for us to be over so that he would be the center of attention. He wanted it to go down in some sick way and for everybody to see it,” Koehler added, explaining that the bar was close to closing time when the ordeal happened.

According to court records, McLemore was arrested in 2016 for strangling Moore. He was required to get a mental evaluation and was later sentenced to probation.

The incident is the latest in a string of violent incidents streamed on Facebook Live. Earlier this year, at least three people killed themselves while streaming on Facebook Live, and another man, Steve Stephens, recorded himself in Ohio, killing an innocent elderly man.

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