Police say woman set herself on fire, NAACP asks for full investigation
ANTIA MCCOLLOUGH Special to AmNews | 10/24/2012, 6:16 p.m.
On Monday police reported a Louisiana women was the victim of an alleged hate crime. During which she was set on fire using flammable liquid by three men. The three men are suspected to be a part of the Ku Klux Klan by their obvious tag "KKK" on her car amongst other racial slurs. Now police refuting these claims with Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb saying during a press conference that forensic evidence points toward Moffitt making up the story and setting herself on fire.
Sharmeka Moffitt, is a 20 year old African-American woman has slowly gained media attention as the story of her burning has changed over the past few days. Some media outlets originally reported that she was attacked because she had on an Obama shirt but the victims' mom , Edna, quickly put that that false story to rest.
But despite slowly gaining media attention the attack quickly caught the attention of people on social media. One Facebook page, entitled "Prayers for Sharmeka Moffitt," was created and has more than 30,000 likes.
The case is also gaining more official attention with NAACP put out a Press release on Tuesday, where the Louisiana State Conference President Dr. Ernest L. Johnson, Sr. stated "We urge authorities to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the nature of this brutal crime, and to determine whether it was a hate crime. The Louisiana NAACP State Conference will exhaust all remedies available to see that justice is done and that the criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Moffitt is currently in critical condition, suffering third degree burns on nearly 60 percent of her body, at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Police currently have no suspects or motives in the attack.