Jared McLemore, 33, drenched himself in kerosene in a parking lot across the street before lighting himself on fire and running into Murphy’s bar shortly after 12:30 a.m. local time on Sunday.
McLemore had been charged in August with domestic assault for strangling and threatening to murder Alyssa Moore, who was working at the bar as an audio engineer. He was sentenced to probation, which ended in April, and was ordered to undergo mental evaluations.
While covered in flames, McLemore grabbed Moore, in an apparent attempt to kill her as well, but she was able to escape his grip.
Speaking to Fox Memphis, Alyssa Moore said that McLemore committed suicide because she refused to put up with his abuse. Moore said McLemore chose to commit suicide outside of her workplace so she “could see the horror for herself.”
“When Jared finally reached the door, Alyssa held it closed trying to lock it to keep him from her and anyone else,” a page set up to help Moore after the traumatic experience states.
“He pushed his body against the door and the heat from the flames finally became too much for Alyssa to stand.”
At this point, Moore had to flee.
“She made a fast decision and screamed at everyone to “RUN!” and then she ran too.”
The description on the crowdfunding platform states that McLemore had also broken into Moore’s home the week before and threatened her with a gun.
So far, $30,486 has been raised to help Moore recover, and for her to replace her audio engineering equipment that was badly damaged in the blaze and by the water and fire extinguishers used to put out the flames.
“Domestic abuse tends to happen privately, and by the time it becomes public, it’s unfortunate to the extent to which it has developed that something like this could happen,” Jim Duckworth, whose band had been playing at the bar, told News 3.
“This overwhelming smell of kerosene filled the room” Duckworth said of the incident. “Before you see anything, the smell filled the room.”
Duckworth’s girlfriend and fellow band member, Kimberly Koehler, explained that many of the bar’s patrons initially thought McLemore was someone in a flame-retardant suit doing a stunt.
“It looked like a movie, like someone wearing a flame-retardant suit,” Koehler said.
“There were some people who thought that it was a joke.”
“It was almost like he waited for us to be over so that he would be the center of attention,” she added.
“He wanted it to go down in some sick way and for everybody to see it.”
One heroic witness, Paul Garner, had tried to stop McLemore and was hospitalized with second degree burns. He is expected to survive.
McLemore died in the hospital shortly after the horrific incident.
This just shows us , AGAIN, that Liberalism IS a mental disorder.