LA Homeless Man Immolated In Fire Identified

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Coroners have released the identity of a
homeless man who was killed after being doused with gasoline and
set on fire.

John Robert McGraham was known only by his first name to residents of the mid-Wilshire neighborhood on the edge of Koreatown where police found his body. The 55-year-old died as he lived, on the street.

Police say they found McGraham, who apparently had been drenched
with gasoline and set ablaze, around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. He was
pronounced dead at the hospital.

Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz says a witness saw a man in his 20s running from the scene.

Locals set up a makeshift memorial for McGraham, who had been in
the area for at least 20 years and was often given food, clothes and spare change.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-12-08 1735EDT

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