Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old black woman, told police that she was walking in a Louisiana park when three men wearing white hoodies doused her in flammable liquid and set her on fire. Police later found the letters KKK written on the hood of her car, the Associated Press reported. The FBI is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
Franklin Parish’s two top cops were joined by the Louisiana State Police and the FBI and will later determine whether the attack could be considered a hate crime, which is classified as violating someone’s civil rights.
Multiple law enforcement agencies converged quickly on Winnsboro to assist the chief and sheriff, including the Louisiana State Police, the FBI and Louisiana Fire Marshal.
“We’re fully engaged,” said State Police Capt. Doug Cain, who traveled from Baton Rouge to Winnsboro for a news conference Monday.
But police had few leads and no suspects Oct. 22. Moffitt meanwhile was "clinging to life" at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, with extensive burns below her neck, chest, back and calves, The News Star reported.
At a news conference today, her mother said Sharmeka has never been threatened. "I have no idea who did it," Edna Moffitt said, according to UPI. "I want them to pay for what they did to her.
Authorities had made no arrests and no suspects had been identified.
Winnsboro police, the Franklin Parish sheriff's office, Louisiana state police and the FBI were investigating.