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LOS ANGELES - A homeless man died after being doused with gasoline and set on fire on a street where he had lived for many years and was a familiar face to residents of Koreatown, police and local merchants said Friday.

Police were called to Third Street west of downtown Thursday evening and found the man, who was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A man in his 20s was seen throwing gasoline on the man, chasing him, throwing more on him and running from the scene, said Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz. Scorch marks stained a wall Friday where the man was burned.

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The burning horrified even officers who routinely witness violent crimes, Diaz said.

"To murder somebody who's probably suffering from mental illness issues and not bothering anyone — just a poor wretch on the street — you've got to be a soulless nitwit to do something like this," he said.

The victim remained unidentified, and coroner's investigators might have to rely on fingerprints, Diaz said. Investigators canvassed the neighborhood Friday looking for evidence, witnesses and information about the victim.

Shopkeepers said the man was a fixture in the dense residential neighborhood at the northern edge of Koreatown, and residents were shocked to hear about his violent death.

Every day, the man drank a Dr Pepper, ate a bag of chips and smoked cigarettes, said Young Kim, who owns a nearby dry cleaner.

'He didn't deserve this'
The homeless man had been in the area for at least 20 years but never bothered anyone or begged for money, Kim said. People gave him food, clothes and spare change.

"This is a terrible shame. He didn't deserve this. It's so cruel," said Jose Antonio Gonzalez, who owns a vitamin shop near where the man was found.

Gonzalez said some longtime residents called the man Johnny and believed he had fought in the Vietnam War and had a wealthy family somewhere. Gonzalez didn't know whether the stories were true.

"He didn't seem to have mental problems. He understood and spoke well. I don't know why he lived on the street," Kim said.

A witness, Thomas Lopez, told KCAL-TV he saw a teenager walk by the homeless man and pour something on him. Moments later the man was on fire.

"To actually see this guy on fire, it was unbelievable. Who would do such a thing?" Lopez said. "I took my shirt off and started putting him out."


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The man, who paramedics thought was about 50 years old, had burns over 90 percent of his body, Fire Department spokeswoman d'Lisa Davies said.

Andy Bales, chief executive of the Union Rescue Mission on downtown's Skid Row, said the incident was "part of a long history of people attacking vulnerable homeless individuals in Los Angeles."

"They think the person is less than human because they happen to be homeless. I don't know how you could do that to another human being," Bales said.
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Poor old homeless guy.


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Bye Johnny!
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#5
I wish there would have been an angry mob of Koreans to kick that guy's ass.
#6
That is quite horrible. But I'm pretty sure that he'd be dead. I mean, they clarified that enough.

But, it's LA. 20 dollars to say that it was a gangbanger doing it for shits and giggles. There are pieces of shit out there. All I can tell you is that don't spread the pain to others.

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I wish there would have been an angry mob of Koreans to kick that guy's ass.


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#7
What the hell is wrong with people?!

poor guy
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#8
people and their douchebaggery...
thats a shame.
it reminds me of a stephen king story, and that is never good. if its like the story, its gonna happen again...
#9
It doesn't matter he's poor. No-one cares about poor people, they're just a drain on society. They should all be set on fire, or out in a room and gassed.
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#11
Everyone has been talking about him to me recently he's the hot topic at the moment.

All lame jokes aside I think this is a terrible thing.
#12
Yeah I heard about that... messed up.

Especially since they were talking to people that knew him and they claimed that he wasnt one of those crazy bums that bothers you and begs for money and looks like hes going to beat you for your money or anything.... and if thats true thats even sadder.
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What the hell is wrong with people?!

poor guy


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Everyone has been talking about him to me recently he's the hot topic at the moment.

All lame jokes aside I think this is a terrible thing.



I heard he was quite the ....hot head?
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nitwit is not what I would use to describe the person who did this.


I'd use the term spineless cünt
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I heard he was quite the ....hot head?


I'm warming to your attitude young man

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I bet he was hot under the collar?

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It doesn't matter he's poor. No-one cares about poor people, they're just a drain on society. They should all be set on fire, or out in a room and gassed.
wtf no he was a homeless bum, hes not doing anything wrong

the people that are doing wrong are the f**kers in the council houses, choosing not to get jobs so they can live on benifits, they're the ones that should be set in fire!




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I really want to go get and all black tactical suit, a really big knife, and some bright colored underwear and go on a man hunt for that prick.

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I'm warming to your attitude young man

A battle of the puns ensues.



At least he went out in a blaze of glory?
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aparently, he and the perp were in a heated argument...



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aparently, he and the perp were in a heated argument...

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Trying to be funny? Shut up.

yes...
and i think i'll pass...
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LOS ANGELES - A homeless man died after being doused with gasoline and set on fire on a street where he had lived for many years and was a familiar face to residents of Koreatown, police and local merchants said Friday.

*head explodes*
#27
Theres not point in getting fired up about it guys, these things happen.

I wonder if they'll cremate him...

Poor guy
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Theres not point in getting fired up about it guys, these things happen.

I wonder if they'll cremate him...

Poor guy



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At least he went out in a blaze of glory?


Look, this pun battle is ridiculous, I don't want to get into a heated debate.
#30
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Theres not point in getting fired up about it guys, these things happen.

I wonder if they'll cremate him...

Poor guy


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Look, this pun battle is ridiculous, I don't want to get into a heated debate.



Well if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.


...which this guy did not have...


dammit that sucked.
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Well if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.


...which this guy did not have...


dammit that sucked.

oh! Burn!
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Quote by SeveralSpecies
Well if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.


...which this guy did not have...


dammit that sucked.


Aww your gentle nature has warmed my heart /sarcasm

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#37
Maybe he was already on fire and that guy was trying to put him out?
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Maybe he was already on fire and that guy was trying to put him out?

with gasoline? that seems like a logical explanation, thank you for your insight.
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with gasoline? that seems like a logical explanation, thank you for your insight.



You gotta fight fire with fire....lulz
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