Twenty-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt is clinging to life at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport after being attacked and set afire Sunday night at a park in Winnsboro, Louisiana, by three men who wrote “KKK” — possibly with toothpaste — on her car. Although Moffitt was able to call the police herself, she wasn’t able to identify the assailants, but did say they were wearing white hoodies.
Sheriff Kevin Cobb was also shaken, saying he had never experienced such a crime. “It’s most definitely a horrific event that has created an uneasy feeling in the community,” Cobb said.
Police said Moffitt, was walking in the park and then doused in a flammable liquid and set afire. She was able to dial 911 at about 8 p.m. Cobb said a police unit was on the scene within 30 to 45 seconds. Trooper Albert Paxton said Moffitt, suffered extensive burns below her neck on her chest and back all the way down to her calves.
“To my knowledge, she has never been threatened,” said Edna Moffitt, Sharmeka’s mother, as she softly cried and wiped tears from her face during a Monday afternoon news conference at LSU Hospital in Shreveport. “I have never known anything like this to happen in Winnsboro. They want to take the dead skin off and place other skin there if they can.”
Authorities have made no arrests and no suspects have been identified. The Winnsboro Police Department, Franklin Parish Sheriff’s office, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Fire Marshal and the FBI are investigating and will later determine if the attack could be classified as a hate crime