It’s like the good old antebellum south in Louisiana right now where a 20-year-old woman is said to have suffered burns on more than half of her body after three men attacked her and wrote a racial slur and the initials “KKK” on her car Sunday.
According to USA Today:
Officers found Sharmeka Moffitt with burns on more than half of her body when they responded to her 911 call Sunday night, said Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis.
The FBI is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, but no arrests had been made as of late Monday, Lewis said. She said Moffitt was in critical condition at a hospital and that some of her injuries were third-degree burns.
Moffitt told police the men doused her in a flammable liquid and set her on fire at a park in Winnsboro, a town in Franklin Parish. Lewis said she extinguished the fire using water from a spigot before a police officer arrived.
Officers found the letters KKK — an apparent reference to the Ku Klux Klan — and a racial slur smeared in a paste-like substance on the hood of her car, Lewis said.
On the 911 call, Moffitt described her attackers as three men wearing white hoods or hats, Lewis said. She later told a Winnsboro Police officer who responded to the call that the men were wearing white hoodies. She was unable to say what race her attackers were. The officer found no suspects or vehicles at Civitan Park where the attack allegedly happened, and the park has no surveillance cameras, Lewis said. She said the state crime lab was analyzing several pieces of evidence.
Sharmeka’s mother Edna Moffitt said her family is shocked by the attack, telling the News Star:
“I have never known anything like this to happen in Winnsboro.”
She also said her daughter could be hospitalized for up to a month as a result of her burns.
Though Louisiana authorities may be slow to label this incident a hate crime, Otis Chisley, the president of the local branch of the NAACP says active KKK movement in the state would not be surprising.
“It’s prevalent throughout Louisiana,” he said. “It’s hidden but it exists.”
We’re definitely praying this young lady pulls through and her attackers are caught.