Franklin Parish Police announced yesterday that they believe 20-year-old burn attack victim Sharmeka Moffitt lied to authorities when she told a story about being assaulted Sunday night in a Louisiana park by three men who wrote “KKK” on the hood of her car.
Sheriff Kevin Cobb said during a press conference at the Franklin Parish Courthouse that all forensic evidence pointed toward Moffitt concocting the story and setting herself on fire.
“Basically we had to follow the facts…This was a disturbing case for all involved. All indications show this was a self-inflicted situation.”
As reported by the News-Star:
Police now believe it was Moffitt who wrote “KKK” and “nigger” on the hood of her Buick LaCross with toothpaste and then set fire to herself.
Cobb and Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Martin said both Moffitt and her family still deserved the community’s prayers.
“This is a tragic situation,” Martin said.
Initially, Moffitt told police she was walking on a park trail when she was attacked and set afire by three men wearing white T-shirt hoodies.
She told police she couldn’t identify the race of those she claimed attacked her. She called 911 from the park. Today Moffitt remains at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport in critical condition.
Last night, Moffitt’s family released a statement expressing their sorrow and devastation surrounding her case saying-
Our family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter’s injuries. While this was not the resolution we had expected, it is a resolution, and we appreciate the thorough investigation by the local and state police as well as federal agencies.
We are sincerely sorry for any problems this may have caused and wish to express our appreciation for the outpouring of love, prayers and support we have received from friends, acquaintances, church organizations and government officials.
Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on Sharmeka and her recovery. We ask that you continue to pray for her and for our family, and that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.
The entire situation is bizarre, as many still want to know why Moffitt committed such a horrific act.