Twenty-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt (pictured) was reportedly set on fire by men as she walked on a park trail on Sunday night, according to KLTV.
Moffitt was reportedly walking in Civitan Park in Winnsboro, La., when she was allegedly attacked by three men who were wearing “white hoodies.” While authorities have resisted calling the incident a “hate crime,” they say that Moffitt’s car was spray painted with a number of racial slurs, which were not specified at press time.
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Moffitt reportedly called 911 from the park at 8 p.m., after the incident, and is reportedly fighting for her life at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, La. The young woman is in critical condition.
Kevin Cobb, Franklin Parish sheriff, told the media in a press conference this afternoon, “This is a horrific event that will not be taken lightly.”
While the race of the men has not been officially confirmed, initial reports speculated that Moffitt was set on fire by the Ku Klux Klan, because she was wearing a President Barack Obama shirt. Monday afternoon, various media reports dispelled the Obama T-shirt rumor, but have not recanted that the men did indeed have white hoodies on during the attack.
The FBI and Louisiana’s fire Marshall’s office are investigating.
NewsOne will keep you updated on this story as more details surface.
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