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.
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