MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Miami man who was set on fire outside a Northwest Miami-Dade gas station on Christmas night has died.

Darrel Brackett, 44, who suffered burns over 75 percent of his boy, succumbed to his injuries Friday morning.

According to police, Brackett and his girlfriend had dropped off guests after hosting a Christmas night cookout. On their way home, their van ran out of gas and Brackett walked to the U-Gas station at 4700 NW 27th Ave.

Brackett paid for three dollars of gas which he put in a can and began to walk back to the van.

No one is sure what happened next, but a woman saw Brackett on fire and ran to help.

Brackett reportedly told the woman that three men set him on fire, according to his mother Bridgette Brackett.

Police have obtained surveillance tape of Summersett when he went to Hialeah Hospital to be treated for burns. A records check showed Summersett had an extensive criminal record. Cineas was also spotted on the hospital’s tapes along with the two other people suspected in Brackett’s attack.

Detectives have questioned one of two men in connection with a disturbing crime. 21-year-old Alex Cineas, of Miramar, has come forward but at this time, no charges have been filed.

A second man, Willie Summersett, 29, is also believed to have been involved and police are still looking for him.

Police are asking anyone with information on what happened to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471 TIPS.


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