In what one police officer called "the most heinous crime I have ever seen", a 15-year-old American boy was doused with rubbing alcohol before being set alight by a gang of boys who he owed $43 for a video game and had reported to the police over a stolen bicycle...

Michael Brewer from Florida suffered second-degree burns over 80 percent of his body after the attack at an apartment complex on Monday, CNN reports.

Police officers said Michael was waiting for friends after wagging school when a group of youths approached him.

A witness said they heard one of the boys yell "he's a snitch, he's a snitch" and "pour it on him" before Michael was doused in flammable liquid — believed to be rubbing alcohol — and set alight.

Police said Michael owed the suspect $43 for a video game but he had not paid it.
The suspect had stolen Michael's father's bicycle, which Michael reported to police.
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    RabidChinaGirl Oct 14, 09
    They would've done it for other reasons, so the video game aspect is not integral. Sick bastards. Kids these days...
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    pooOBKp Oct 14, 09
    I feel like the video game thing was thrown in there just as a scapegoat. "A witness said they heard one of the boys yell "he's a snitch, he's a snitch" and "pour it on him" before Michael was doused in flammable liquid — believed to be rubbing alcohol — and set alight." Kind of seems they wanted some sort of revenge on the kid after he told the police about them stealing his dads bike.
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      Miss Razz Oct 14, 09
      Yeah, it sounds like they torched him because he reported them to the police over the bike, not because he owed them money for the video game.
      Though I guess "US Teen Torched Over Bike" doesn't sound as exciting to news reporters. >_>
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    Shinobi_razor Oct 14, 09
    i heard about this the other day. just awful. at least the kid is still alive, so far...
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    Kingy Oct 14, 09
    Good lord, what a bunch of horrible kids. Of course, the video game he owed them could have been a contributing factor, but unless the kids who torched him are completely insane, it would have been mostly for other reasons.

    Still, hope the little arsonists get themselves lit on fire as well.
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    Dramon Knight Oct 15, 09
    Very often I wonder if it's just me who is different, or if these ideas really do go through a person's mind, which they then put into action.

    Seriously, I'll never understand how people can overreact in such extreme ways.
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      Big A2 Oct 15, 09
      Usually it seems the ideas just don't go through their minds. Not everyone is thinker like you or me, unfortunately.
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    Dine_Agoti Oct 15, 09
    This obviously had very little to do with video games. But that aside, I say we take those little *bleep*s to the gas chamber.
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    RaidenXS Oct 15, 09
    i thought florida was full of old people. do old people play video gamez?
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    HisServant77 Oct 15, 09
    Seriously. Things like this really make me realize how downhill things are going and morality is disappearing from society.
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      Seproth Oct 15, 09
      What? Why? Not that it isn't awful, but this isn't new, people have been horrible to one another since the beginning of time.
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        HisServant77 Oct 15, 09
        Well it's not the first realization, it's just one of those things that make you realize it even more. Yeah these things have been going on since nearly the beginning of time. Afterall . . . first murder was between two brothers when one killed the other JUST because he was jealous of him . . . so yeah, fickle.

        But I mean, when you think of kids doing these things to each other, it just seems worse, and makes you wonder what in the world is becoming of these generations.
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          Shinobi_razor Oct 15, 09
          a lot of parents arent doing good jobs of raising their kids, which, if they were, this might not have happened.
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          Big A2 Oct 15, 09
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          Afterall . . . first murder was between two brothers when one killed the other JUST because he was jealous of him . . . so yeah, fickle.
          I always thought it involved a bunch of apes beating up another ape with a bone because of some kind of monolith that is never explained.
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          Miss Razz Oct 15, 09
          We've come as far as evolution will take us. Now we're slowly devolving back into apes. Soon we'll stop setting each other on fire, and will settle every argument by flinging poo at each other instead.
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          HisServant77 Oct 16, 09
          Yeah unfortunately, Shinobi, that's the case with nearly 100% of these problems we're seeing. People don't want to own up and be the parents they should be.

          Big_A2 . . . I was waiting for someone to come along with something like that. In any case, I'm fairly certain you and a lot of others here know my stance on that and is why I said it without further explanation.

          And I think I'll then stock up on hazmat suits, Miss_Razz!!
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    Mudkip94 Oct 15, 09
    That is just sad. Burning a kid for 47 bucks
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      HisServant77 Oct 16, 09
      Yeah . . . you know a handful of years ago when I heard of people getting killed over an Ipod, I thought it was pathetic and bad enough. Now . . . $43??
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    gamer456 Oct 17, 09
    them boys should die over a game just at leest tell the police that they are oging to hirt them
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      Tiger of Wu Oct 17, 09
      I know, right? Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

      This world...
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        HisServant77 Oct 17, 09
        . . . I'm sorry. I didn't understand a word either of you two said!
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          pooOBKp Oct 17, 09
          Haha, the more I read both sentences the harder it is to comprehend what they might mean.
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    redneonfish Oct 17, 09
    That's sickening, just sickening. No matter what it's for. Seriously, what's going wrong these days?

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