In 2012, a black woman can’t be present on a walking trail without being set on fire by 3 men, and having racial slurs and “KKK” written on her car.
At a news conference held just before Noon Monday, authorities confirmed Sharmeka Moffitt called 911 around 8 p.m. Sunday from Civitan Park, telling them she had been attacked and burned by three men in white hoodies. They say she was unable to identify her attackers. Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb confirms that “KKK” was spray-painted on the hood of her car, with a racial slur underneath.Police confirm that racial slurs and the letters “KKK” were found written on the victim’s vehicle. Winnsboro Police say they plan to tighten security in the park where the alleged attack happened. Franklin Sheriff Kevin Cobb said, “This is a horrific event that will not be taken lightly.” Winnsboro Police, Franklin Parish Sheriff, Louisiana State Police, The state fire Marshall’s office and the FBI are investigating.
Local NAACP leaders say they have seen enough evidence to consider this a hate crime, but authorities are not classifying it as a hate crime at this time.
Moffit is in critical condition at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Her mother, Edna Moffitt, says surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. “Both of her arms, and they are third degree burns, down her chest and legs – one. Basically her arms are real bad.”
“This is a horrific event for our community,” says Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb. ”It makes everyone uneasy. It is our hope that everyone stands together at this time, and follow the information that is gathered, follow the facts, follow the evidence and hopefully that will lead us to justice in this case.”
Family and friends are planning a candlelight vigil for Sharmeka Moffitt. It’s set for Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Civitan Park.
Friend and family have set up a Facebook Page in hopes of garnering more national attention.
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