It happened around 8 Sunday night. The victim, Sharmeka L. Moffitt, 20, called 911 saying she had been set on fire in Civitan Park in Winnsboro. Although an officer arrived in less than a minute, no one besides the victim was there. The victim was able to put out the fire herself and told the officer she had been set on fire by three males.
She was transported to the burn unit at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, where she remains in critical condition today.
Sharmeka's mother, Edna Moffitt, today expressed appreciation for the interest and prayers of well-wishers from around the region, but did not wish to release further details of her medical care today. In addition, she said Sharmeka has opened her eyes and blinked to communicate with the family.
When Moffit's car was recovered, "KKK" and the "n-word" were written on the hood with a pasty substance, police say.
Physical evidence was found at the scene and is now being analyzed at the Northwest Louisiana Crime Lab. State police are still waiting on results.
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