Woman Set on Fire; Car Marked With 'KKK'
Updated: Police now believe it was Moffitt who wrote "KKK" and "nig--r" on the hood of her Buick LaCross with toothpaste and then set herself on fire.
In a case that has every indication of being a horrifying Ku Klux Klan-related hate crime, Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old African-American woman, made an emergency call to police on Sunday night claiming that three men wearing white hoods or hats attacked her, doused her with flammable liquid and set her on fire at a park in Winnsboro, La.
Officers found the letters "KKK," written on the hood of her car. Authorities, in what we think is an enormous understatement, called the racial connotations of that message "unsettling." From the Huffington Post:
Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb confirmed that "KKK" was written on the hood of Moffitt's car with a racial slur underneath, WMBF News reports.
Moffitt is currently in critical condition at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, according to the station. "Both of her arms, and they are third degree burns, down her chest and legs - one. Basically her arms are real bad," her mother, Edna, told the media. Edna also denied initial reports that claimed her daughter was wearing an Obama T-shirt at the time of the attack.
Police currently have no suspects or motives in the attack, which occurred while Moffitt was walking on a paved trail in Civitan Park on Sunday at about 8 p.m., according to The News Star ...
Read more at the Huffington Post.