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Puerto Rico Blowtorch Attack

Puerto Rico Blowtorch Attack - A Seattle man and his fiancée were in critical condition in a Puerto Rican hospital Monday after the man's uncle threw gasoline or kerosene on a family gathering and lit the party afire on New Year's Day.

Just weeks after they became engaged, Kate Donahue, 25, had traveled to Puerto Rico with Jesús Sánchez Vázquez, who is in his late 20s, to get to know his family in Florida, Puerto Rico.

They have burns on 80 percent of their bodies, Dr. Ernesto Torres told the Puerto Rican publication El Nuevo Día.

Puerto Rico Blowtorch Attack

Sánchez Vázquez's uncle, Justino Sánchez Díaz, 45, threw an accelerant onto members of his family, then used a tank containing 20 pounds of propane gas as a torch to set them afire, El Nuevo Día said. Two people died and several others were injured.

In the hospital, Donahue, a licensed practical nurse for Group Health, and Sánchez Vázquez, a Boeing engineer, kept asking about each other, according to Donahue's aunt, Dianna Lee.

"I think it's the love that they have for each other that's going to get them through this," Lee said.

The two people fatally injured were Sánchez Vázquez's sister, Pamela Sánchez Díaz, 17, and Samuel Molina Sánchez, a cousin of the attacker. Justino's mother, Josefina Díaz, 86, is in critical condition, according to El Nuevo Día.


Puerto Rico Blowtorch Attack


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