Mississippi Man Accused Of Throwing Bucket Of Gasoline On 7 Roommates, Lighting Them On Fire

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Source: Byram Police Department; UNSPLASH

Apr. 21 2023, Published 12:32 p.m. ET

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A Mississippi man is accused of murder and arson after police said he threw gasoline on his seven roommates and intentionally set them on fire.

Marcos Uriel Lara Perez, 31, faces two counts of capital murder and arson in connection with the deadly Easter Sunday blaze, WLBT reported.

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Following an argument at a Byram home on April 9, Perez got a bucket of gasoline, threw it on the victims and then used a cigarette lighter to light the liquid on fire shortly after 7 p.m., police said.

First responders at the house engulfed in flames found several injured people outside as well as the body of 77-year-old Filiberto Torres. Five people suffering critical injuries were rushed to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, while a sixth victim with non-life-threatening injuries was transported to Baptist Hospital for treatment, according to officials.

On April 11, one victim, identified as Jose Thomas Segura Juarez, 45, was the second man to die from his injuries. He had been airlifted to a medical facility in Memphis, Tennessee, for treatment.


Police told WLBT that the suspect, Perez, has now been charged with two counts of capital murder and three counts of aggravated assault. He is currently being treated in the burn unit of a hospital in Alabama.

Byram Police Chief David Errington told the station the deadly fire was “honestly horrifying” and the “worst traumatic event he’d seen aside from a car wreck.”


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