Louisiana Woman, Sharmeka Moffitt, Says 3 Men Set Her On Fire, Wrote KKK On Her Car – [UPDATE]
Update: The Shreveport Times is reporting that police have released a statement contradicting Sharmeka Moffitt's story, alleging that she set her self on fire and lied about the incident. She remains in critical condition, with 60% of her body covered in burns. Evidence included her fingerprints on the charcoal lighter fluid used in the incident.
20-year-old Sharmeka Moffit is in critical condition after she was set on fire by three men who allegedly wrote a racial slur and the initials 'KKK' on her car. According to police, the attack - which is currently being investigated by the FBI as a possible hate crime - happened around 8 p.m. this past Sunday night at Civitan Park in Winnesboro, a northeastern Louisiana town located in Franklin Parish.
Police say they found Sharmeka Moffitt with burns on over half of her body when they responded to her 911 call. Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis said that Moffitt was able to extinguish the fire using water from a spigot nearby before officers arrived on the scene, but not before suffering severe injuries, some of which were third-degree burns.
Moffitt told police that she was soaked with a flammable liquid and set on fire. On the 911 call, she described the attackers are three men wearing "white hoods or hats," and would later confirm that the three men were indeed wearing white hoodies. She wasn't able to determine the race of her attackers, and police found no suspects or vehicles in the park where the attack allegedly took place.
What police did find though, were the letters 'KKK' - which they believe to be a reference to the Ku Klux Klan - smeared into the hood of Moffitt's car with a paste-like substance.
The park has no surveillance cameras, but according to police, the state crime lab is analyzing several pieces of evidence. Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb described the event as "horrific," stating that the authorities would "follow the facts and seek justice."
No arrests have been made, nor have any suspects been identified as Sharmeka Moffitt remains in critical condition at LSU Shreveport Hospital with severe burns across her body. The Facebook page Prayers for Sharmeka Moffit was created yesterday and already has over 30,000 likes. According to it's creators, the page was made to gain recognition, justice and prayers for Sharmeka.
Contrary to rumors that initially surfaced upon the breaking of this horrific news, Sharmeka's mother says that her daughter was NOT wearing an Obama shirt, nor was she beaten or raped. She was indeed burned on 60% of her body in what authorities are currently investigating as a hate crime.