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Posted at 4:20 PM ET, 04/26/2010

Homeless man set on fire in Va.

By Washington Post editors

Police in Fredericksburg, Va., are searching for the person who set a homeless man on fire as he slept under the Chatham Bridge early Saturday morning, NBC 4 reports.

A passerby saw the victim walking on William Street after the attack and called 911. The victim said he did not know who set him on fire, police said.

The man suffered significant burns on his left arm and torso. Investigators collected evidence from the scene that included a burned blanket and clothing belonging to the victim, according to police.

The man was initially taken to Mary Washington Hospital. Because of the severity of his injuries, he was later transferred to the Medical College of Virginia.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 26, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Virginia, Law Enforcement, Police, Virginia  
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There are sub-humans (not animals...they don't do this kind of thing) out there. They need to be destroyed so they do not procreate.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | April 26, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DecafDrinker
There are sub-humans (not animals...they don't do this kind of thing) out there. They need to be destroyed so they do not procreate.


Concur. And it doesn't help that there are commentators articulating that poor people and the homeless are just lazy bums; that we should not care about them; and the homeless should just clean up their act and get a job. That kind of rhetoric gives these sickos an excuse, in their warped minds, to commit such atrocities.

Not all homeless people are drug or alcohol abusers. Unfortunately, in these times, they could be your former neighbor or boss.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | April 26, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

What kind of a scumball could do this to another human. Sometimes I just can't believe the things that go on in this world today. Whoever did this, do you think that these people don't have family that worry about them every day. To the person that did this, I hope that you pray for yourself to become a better person.

Posted by: randykree | April 27, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Wow, poor guy who is a bit down on his luck just trying to stay dry. And some jacka$$ has to go and do this. Some people just don't deserve what they have.

Posted by: ericroks | April 27, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

What is happening to the human race? What kind of parent would raise a person who does this? If the perp is caught I hope they throw the book at him.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | April 27, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Let's not get crazy here- where is the evidence that somebody actually lit him on fire? For all we know, his crack pipe could have ignited the fire- and maybe he spilled his vodka bottle causing further damage.

Posted by: franciscomillet | April 27, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

@franciscomillet you are a jerk....That's such a stupid post. What if it were a family member of yours. You suck!!!!!!!!

Posted by: paris_292003 | April 27, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree that there's no proof someone did could have been accidental. It could have even been done by another homeless person who may well be mentally unstable or addicted to something. Somehow, I doubt this one will ever get solved, and it will probably be brushed under the rug.

Posted by: akchild | April 27, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

paris_292003, wow you're clueless and sounds like you need medication. Where is the evidence? akchild is probably onto something.

Posted by: englundc | April 27, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Why would police be searching for a suspect if they didn't have evidence that this homeless man was set on fire? Please read the article everyone.

Posted by: VoiceofReason77 | April 27, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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