Teen Charged With Murder After Lighting Elderly Vet On Fire

Teen Charged With Murder After Lighting Elderly Vet On Fire

August 19, 2016

Teen Charged With Murder After Lighting Elderly Vet On Fire

Gene Emory Dacus was an 85-year-old Korean war veteran. He lived in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and was surrounded by a community who absolutely adored him. Many of his neighbors and local friends would refer to the kind hearted veteran as "Mr.Gene".

Dacus was known for helping his neighbors out by cutting their grass for them. He always made sure his neighborhood was in great shape. Many of Dacus' close neighbors also shared that their children adored him as well.

Even at 85-years-old, Dacus was still caring for his 60-year-old disabled son.

Unfortunately on Wednesday morning, Dacus was brutally murdered.

He died after being beaten, doused with gasoline, and then set on fire. Dacus was found in the backyard of his own home by his neighbors.

Gary Dacus is one of Mr. Gene's three sons.

Gary was quoted saying,

'My father's death is a tragic loss. The community lost one of its pillars.

'He taught me good rules and I have a lot of my father in me. I'm a successful person for that. When I got the call, I just broke down.'

 

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Todd Ahmed was one of Mr. Gene's many neighbors who shared a special bond with him. Ahmed had moved to Alabama from Sudan. Ahmed shared that Mr.Gene was the very first person he became friends with.

 

He said: 'I have a lot of friends but none like him. I'm really shocked. He was nice, nice, nice. He always told me if I needed help to come to him.'

 

Police have reported that a teen suspect that was seen fleeing Dacus's property with a can of gasoline is currently in custody. The teen has since confessed to the crime but police are still trying to piece together a sound motive for this grizzly crime.

 

Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper publically announced,

 

"This homicide shocks the conscience of any reasonable person. Our hearts are hurting for the victim, his family and our community".

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7 Responses

Saundra Goodson
Saundra Goodson

August 21, 2016

How terribly tragic. Thoughts and prayers for you all. So sad the town in which I grew up has turned to such a horrible place. Fortunately for the citizens of Birmingham, they have Chief. A.C. Roper, a great man in his own right.

Kim
Kim

August 20, 2016

We need to start making people pay for their crimes in the same way they did the crime meaning burn baby burn. We as a country may get crime under control by doing this. RIP brother veteran

Robert Campbell
Robert Campbell

August 20, 2016

No trial, just repeat the same thing he did to that Poor old man, turnabout’s fair play and I really don’t think the Lord would give a shit

Suzanne
Suzanne

August 19, 2016

My heart hoes out to the family. What kind of person does this? My question is why is this not labeled as a hate crime? Black man kills white veteran? If the colors were turned you bet this would be all over the news as a hate crime..this is pathetic.

Viola Occhiogrosso
Viola Occhiogrosso

August 19, 2016

I think we should tie him to a pool then slowly set him on fire, he doesn’t deserve to live. Enought already

Robert French
Robert French

August 19, 2016

They should take the punk kid out and beat him then set him on fire

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August 19, 2016

He should be doused with gasoline and set on fire himself. Not killed but have an ever lasting painful memory both mental and physical of what he did!!!

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