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Man killed in fire attack spurned panhandler, witness says

A 63-year-old man burned in his car outside a Long Beach 7-Eleven, possibly as retribution for spurning a homeless man, has died.

The victim, who was identified as Jerry Payne of Long Beach, died about 2 a.m. Monday at the hospital, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

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Raymond Sean Clark, a 38-year-old homeless man, was arrested on suspicion of throwing a flammable substance into the victim's car outside the convenience store.

"The suspect … will be re-booked for murder and a new bail has yet to be determined. Detectives still anticipate presenting the case to the District Attorney's Office within this week," according to a statement from police.

The attack happened Friday about 5:15 p.m. at the 7-Eleven store located near the intersection of Clark Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.

Detectives have not established a motive in the alleged crime, but a witness told NBC4 the victim refused to give money to the panhandler. A store owner said the man has been seen in the area before and reported for loitering.