John Constantino: Man who set himself on fire in U.S. capital was from New Jersey

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The man who died after setting himself on fire in the heart of the U.S. capital’s tourist area last week has been identified as a New Jersey resident, according to police, who continued to investigate what prompted the act.

Police said John Constantino, 64, of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, set himself ablaze Friday on the National Mall, which is lined with Washington’s famed Smithsonian museums and national monuments.

Bystanders used their shirts to try to put out the fire as tourists and joggers watched in horror. Constantino was conscious when he was taken by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center but died from his injuries that night, police said.

“It is now apparent that he set himself on fire,” the city’s Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement released late on Monday.

No details about the man’s motivations were released.

The self-immolation rattled the capital a day after a car chase that began near the White House ended in a fatal shooting outside the U.S. Capitol.


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