Missouri Police Search For Two Suspects Who Set 13 Year Old on Fire

Two teenagers allegedly attacked a 13-year-old boy, doused him with gasoline and set him on fire in what police in Missouri are investigating as a possible hate crime.

The eighth grader was walking home from Kansas City’s East High School when he noticed he was being followed by two older teens.

“They rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open,” the boy’s mother Melissa Coontold KCTV. “One of them poured the gasoline, then flicked the lighter, and said, ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy’.”

Both suspects are black.

The boy was rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital where doctors treated him for first degree burns to the face. Doctors are concerned about injuries to the boy’s eyes and lungs.

He is now home recovering from the incident, but his mother says her family will never be the same.

“My five year old came in this morning and asked me, ‘Mom, am I going to get set on fire today?’ I was in tears,” the mother told KMBC.

Melissa Coon said her son will not be returning to the school.

Authorities described the two suspects as being about 16 years old with facial hair. One was wearing a black hooded-sweatshirt and dark sunglasses. The other wore a blue jacket, a blue winter hat and blue-green Nike Air Jordan sneakers.

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