NEW ORLEANS (TheBlaze/AP) — A 20-year-old black woman told police she was set on fire by three men who wrote the initials KKK and a racial slur on her car in northeastern Louisiana. Now, she remains in critical condition, suffering with burns on over 60 percent of her body.
Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis says Sharmeka Moffitt was found with extensive burns when police responded to her 911 call Sunday night. Her sisters, Michelle, claims that she found the KKK remark when she arrived at the scene following a call for Sharmeka:
Moffitt was in critical condition Monday at a hospital. Lewis said the FBI is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, but that no arrests had been made as of late Monday. Investigations are ongoing.
The young woman told police the men doused her in a flammable liquid and set her on fire in a town park. Lewis said she extinguished the fire using water from a spigot before a police officer arrived. Her mother, Edna Moffitt, said that the attack took place, while her daughter was exercising in the park.
The young woman had apparently gone to the trail to run one mile and walk one mile when the attack took place.
“She called 911, then she called me,” Michelle said. “She said she had been burned, she had been set on fire.”