On Saturday, May 13th, Jared McLemore lost his life after he set himself on fire in a desperate attempt to keep his ex-girlfriend by his side. The woman survived the attack, but she and all the people who witnessed the gut-wrenching incidents will forever be haunted by the man’s screams and the smell of burning flesh.
When Mental Illness and Domestic Violence Meet
Stigma still surrounds mental illness, and many people are refusing to seek help out of fear of being ostracized. Unfortunately, women experiencing domestic violence are not treated any better by the authorities as Alyssa Moore’s case proves.
Just a week before the incident, McLemore broke into the woman’s house and pointed a gun at her head. Before that, he physically abused her to such a degree that she was on the edge of death. Every time, Moore addressed the authorities just to be met with ignorance and disbelief.
The night of the incident, the woman’s roommate called the police after seeing the man lurking around their home. Nobody came, and McLemore was able to carry on with his gruesome plan.
He Wanted to Hold Her in a Fiery Embrace
That night, Moore was approached by her ex-boyfriend in the bar. The man was already covered in kerosene when he exited Murphy’s, following Moore’s every step. After establishing visual contact with his victim, he poured another layer of kerosene on him and lit himself up. Paul Garner, the owner of the bar, tried to stop him, ending up in the hospital with second-degree burns as a result.
Then, McLemore started running towards Moore, hoping to catch her in a deadly embrace. Luckily, the woman was able to shed her fear and enter the bar, blocking the door. When the flames broke through and Moore was unable to hold it shut anymore, she directed people out of the way.
Patrons tried to no avail to put out the flames that were threatening to engulf the location as the man was running back and forth, screaming:
“she made me do this.”
In the end, Kim Koehler, a member of the band that was playing threw a blanket over the man and managed to snuff out the flames before the firemen arrived at the location. Due to extensive injuries, the man died a couple of hours later at the Memphis Regional Center.
Alyssa Moore is a domestic abuse survivor, but she fought her abuser every step of the way. There are other, countless women who are afraid to leave their violent partners because they believe help is scarce. If you are, or know anybody who is a victim of domestic abuse, you can seek help with the National Domestic Violence Helpline.
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