UPDATE 8:30pm EST
Sharmeka Moffitt's family has released the following statement regarding her role in the alleged attack that happened this past Sunday evening:
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.
Sharmeka is still recovering at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.
Sharmeka Moffitt has some explaining to do. Police in Winnsboro announced at a news conference this afternoon that they believe the 20-year-old fabricated a story about being attacked and burned Sunday night at Civitan Park by three men who wrote “KKK” on the hood of her car.
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. She told police she couldn’t identify the race of those she claimed had attacked her. She called 911 from the park.
Moffitt told police she was walking on a park trail when she was attacked and set ablaze by three men wearing white T-shirt hoodies on Sunday night. She remains at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport in critical condition.
The Franklin Sun reports evidence from the State Police Crime Lab, which shows Moffitt's fingerprints were on both the cigarette lighter and lighter fluid found near the scene at Civitan Park.
This is such a sad state of affairs; why would someone do something so horrible?
SOURCE: The News-Star