Korean War vet, 85, doused with gasoline, burned to death in gruesome slaying

Korean War vet, 85, doused with gasoline, burned to death in gruesome slaying
Thomas Sims, left, confessed killer of Gene Dacus, 85, of Birmingham, AL. (Images via AL.com)

[Ed. – Reportedly, the suspect has no explanation for his actions.]

A beloved Korean war veteran has died after being beaten, doused with gasoline and set on fire in the back yard of his own home.

Gene Emory Dacus, 85, affectionately known as Mr Gene in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, was found dead in the early hours of Wednesday.

Neighbors, friends and family of Mr Gene say they are devastated by the loss – describing him as a kind-hearted man who welcomed people to the neighborhood, helped to mow lawns, and was still caring for his 60-year-old disabled son.

Police say a teen suspect seen fleeing the scene with a can of gasoline has been arrested and confessed to the crime, but has been unable to explain his actions.

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