San Francisco man whose sleeping bag was lit on fire dies


A man in San Francisco died after setting fire to his bag early Saturday in the city’s mission district, police said Wednesday.

The 43-year-old man, whose name has not been released, slept at the corner of 25th Street and South Van Ness Avenue on Friday. Authorities said he got up to find his sleeping bag on fire.

The San Francisco Police Department responded to reports of an aggravated assault and fire at 5 a.m. Saturday.

The victim was injured in the lower extremities and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. It happened the next day. The San Francisco office of the chief medical examiner called the incident a homicide; an ongoing investigation.


The incident is an example of the deadly environment of people missing permanent housing figures on San Francisco streets.

Robert Rueca, an SFPD spokesman, said acts of violence committed on vulnerable populations in the tragic city.

“We know they are a vulnerable community,” Rueca said. “And the city is doing everything they can to address not only the violence, [but also] giving people in the community the resources they need to improve the situation. “

People living outside are also often robbed when they sleep. “Obviously with theft, it’s a different picture for someone who has everything to do with them, for someone who doesn’t have much to start with,” Rueca said. “It’s that much more threatening their ability to continue.”

Jennifer Friedenbach, coalition director on homelessness, said the incident was “really tragic” and could easily have been prevented if the victim had a home.

Friedenbach said in a statement “When a person does not have a door to close, they exist at the mercy of those around them, and are easy targets for violence – violence that often occurs when they sleep, violence that often goes unreported. ” . “Add to that the lack of security a home provides, so far too often people experience hate-based attacks as members of a class of people who are scapegoated, typecast and vilified for their poor status. Political makers in SF Unfortunately have for decades of exploitation exploit the fear many people feel around homelessness and use the homeless as a political wedge, strengthen the dehumanization process and drive violence against them. ”

Anyone with information about the incident can call the police department’s hotline at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 and start texting with SFPD. You can remain anonymous.

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