Horror death of friend ‘whose skin melted after girlfriend set him on fire’


A 25-year-old man has been horribly killed after his girlfriend set him on fire at a gas station.

Police said Breana Johnson, 24, will be charged with murder in the death of Ricky Doyle, two weeks after he was injured.


Breana Johnson (pictured) charged with murder after Ricky Doyle succumbed to his burns, Arlington police saidCredit: Arlington Police
Ricky Doyle passed away on Tuesday, two weeks after the horror incident


Ricky Doyle passed away on Tuesday, two weeks after the horror incidentCredit: Family Handout

Johnson was previously charged with aggravated assault after Doyle was set on fire at a gas station in Arlington, Texas.

Arlington police said Doyle succumbed to his injuries at a Dallas hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 4, the New York Post reported.

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The incident, which happened around 9 p.m. on July 18, caused Doyle’s skin to “melt” off his body.

A police statement revealed that Johnson heard her boyfriend say, “I’m going to kill you” at the gas station, according to The Post.

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After buying 50 cents worth of gas, Johnson would walk up to a jeep and pour the flammable liquid over Doyle, who was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle.

Johnson would then have gone to the driver’s seat and set the jeep on fire.

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It is unknown what she used to set the vehicle on fire.

Doyle’s family told the Dallas NBC affiliate that the pair had fought for the horrific act.

“She [Johnson] just started beating his chest,” Doyle’s sister Mikayla told the outlet.

“She took his phone. She threw his phone away.’

Doyle’s sister said the argument was so bad she called the police, but Johnson reportedly left in her jeep with Doyle still inside.

Police said Doyle exited the jeep while covered in flames and ran across the gas station parking lot until someone tried to help with a fire extinguisher.

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The police document obtained by The Post stated that witnesses Doyle “bled and had skin that appeared to have melted off his body”.

KSAT reported that Doyle suffered serious injuries and burns over a significant portion of his body.

He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital and Johnson was arrested the next day.

Johnson is said to have told bystanders that she was smoking at the gas pump, which caused the fire.

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One witness said they were trying to prevent Johnson from leaving the crime scene, located on the 1900 block of East Mayfield Road, and another told her they saw her deliberately setting a fire, according to police documents.

Johnson is being held in Tarrant County Jail.

The gas station was located in the 1900 block of East Mayfield Road


The gas station was located in the 1900 block of East Mayfield RoadCredit: NBC


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