Memphis man who set himself on fire, livestreamed it on Facebook dies

Geronimo Vena
Mag 15, 2017

Less than one month later, Facebook Live is again making headlines after Memphis musician Jared McLemore drenched himself with kerosene, set himself on fire, and ran into a crowded bar while recording the event on Facebook Live Saturday. Officers also found another man who suffered burns after trying to kick a lighter away.

Local 8 News' Memphis affiliate WREG reported that as a man runs over to help McLemore, the can falls, covers him and erupts in flames.

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

The horrifying video shows a shirtless Jared McLemore, 33, sitting on the ground and dousing himself with kerosene.

Other witness accounts said McLemore approached Moore before setting himself on fire, and wiped his kerosene-soaked body across her arm.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Moore in the aftermath of McLemore's death.

McLemore's ex-girlfriend was reportedly in a nearby bar and witnesses said he shouted that she "made" him do it.

In April this year he was sentenced to probation for domestic violence charges and ordered to undergo mental evaluations.

McLemore died after being taken to a hospital.

Witnesses told WREG that Moore had a restraining order against McLemore, but the musician violated it many times.

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