The family of John Constantino, the man who set himself on fire at the National Mall, says that he was mentally ill, not a government protester. Meanwhile, rumors persist that there was another man on the scene with a tripod and camera who fled during the event. Some say that the man may have known about the event in advance.
Police have identified a man who apparently set himself on fire last week in the National Mall, and his family members said his fatal actions were not politically motivated.
Washington, D.C., authorities identified the man as 64-year-old John Constantino, of Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
Constantino died Friday night, hours after witnesses said he doused himself with gasoline, saluted the Capitol and used a lighter to set himself on fire.
An attorney for his family released a statement Monday night that described Constantino as a “loving father and husband” who had not acted out of political motives but after “a long battle with mental illness.”