Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, is recovering today after three men burned and attacked her while writing the letters “KKK” on the hood of her car.
The attack happened Sunday evening at Civitan Park in Winnsboro, LA while she was walking in the park on a paved trail.
As reported by the Shreveport Times:
Moffitt called 911 about 8 p.m. and told police she was attacked and burned by three men wearing white T-shirt hoodies, authorities said during a news conference today.
Moffitt is believed to be severely burned and is being treated at LSU Hospital in Shreveport, where she's listed in critical condition.
The FBI is investigating whether the attack was a hate crime, Winnsboro Police Chief Kevin Cobb said.
Authorities have not identified, nor made any arrests in the case as they haven’t determined the sequence of events or whether the attack was random or planned.
Moffitt is currently at LSU Medical Center Shreveport where she remains in critical condition.
Many in the social media sphere reported that Moffitt was wearing an Obama t-shirt, but those allegations turned out to be false.
Police believe Moffitt was doused in a flammable liquid and set afire.
Trooper Albert Paxton said Moffitt, who is in critical condition, suffered extensive burns below her neck on her chest and back all the way down to her calves.Though Cobb admitted the possibility of the attack being racially motivated was unsettling, they asked for the community to reserve judgement.
On Sharmeka's Facebook page, it says she works for ConAgra Foods, Inc., an American packaged foods company. Since the story broke, a Prayers for Sharmeka Moffitt page has been created with over 11,000 supporters.
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