jungenber.anton_20090913.jpgThe Examiner and SF State’s paper, the Golden Gate [X]Press have done some follow up work on last week’s shocking story on the death of a man found engulfed in flames at a Sunset gas station.

The victim, identified as 19-year-old Anton Viktor Jungenberg, was a first-semester art major at San Francisco State, who had “suffered from depression in the past.”

According to the SF State article, witness reported that Jungenberg “was pacing back and forth at the bus stop in front of the station around 3:30 a.m. for a few minutes before authorizing a $.53 purchase with his debit card at one of the pumps and drenching himself with gasoline.”

Once discovering him ablaze, gas station personnel called 911. Jungenberg was pronounced dead at the scene.

Photo of Anton Jungenberg: Legacy.com

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • raqcoon

    That’s really sad. I can’t quite understand how someone intent on suicide can be rational for a few moments, e.g., having to swipe his card, enter his pin, wait for authorization, then finally get to the process which ends corporeal existence. It must be a different mindset that’s doing the practical stuff. RIP.

  • Beth S.

    That’s such a good (and interesting) point. I can’t really wrap my head around it either. Such a public act. And this whole “depression in his past” thing seems really vague.
    Anyway, I hope he’s found peace…