610SPOR2 35h_CBSSportsRad_Houston

News

Louisiana Woman Claims KKK Set Her On Fire

View Comments
File photo of the police car. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of the police car. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Featured Items

77820352_8Hot Cheerleader - Funny Faces 2014

Small-WttJJ Watt Talks Contract & Quips "Commercials Only Pay So Much"

77820352_8Meet The 6-10s

136535896 Louisiana Woman Claims KKK Set Her On FireWATCH: Texans Cheerleaders Take Ice Bucket Challenge

From Our CBS Music Sites

77820352_8If You Get A Call From These Area Codes DON’T ANSWER

77820352_8Signs Your Relationship Is Solid

77820352_8PHOTOS: Maxim's List Of The 50 Hottest Celebs

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 20-year-old black woman said she was set on fire by three men who wrote the initials KKK and a racial slur on her car in northeastern Louisiana, police said Monday.

Officers found Sharmeka Moffitt with burns on more than half of her body when they responded to her 911 call Sunday night, said Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis.

The FBI is investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, but no arrests had been made as of late Monday, Lewis said. She said Moffitt was in critical condition at a hospital and that some of her injuries were third-degree burns.

Moffitt told police the men doused her in a flammable liquid and set her on fire at a park in Winnsboro, a town in Franklin Parish. Lewis said she extinguished the fire using water from a spigot before a police officer arrived.

Officers found the letters KKK — an apparent reference to the Ku Klux Klan — and a racial slur smeared in a paste-like substance on the hood of her car, Lewis said.

On the 911 call, Moffitt described her attackers as three men wearing white hoods or hats, Lewis said. She later told a Winnsboro Police officer who responded to the call that the men were wearing white hoodies. She was unable to say what race her attackers were. The officer found no suspects or vehicles at Civitan Park where the attack allegedly happened, and the park has no surveillance cameras, Lewis said. She said the state crime lab was analyzing several pieces of evidence.

Franklin Sheriff Kevin Cobb called it “a horrific event” and said authorities would “follow the facts and seek justice.”

Otis Chisley, the president of the local branch of the NAACP, said he had been in touch with Moffitt’s distraught family. He said he was waiting for more facts to come to light before drawing any conclusions about what happened and that “everyone wants to move with caution.”

Regardless of the investigation’s outcome, though, Chisley said, racism and KKK activity remain a fact of life in the state.

“It’s prevalent throughout Louisiana,” he said. “It’s hidden but it exists.”

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 24,899 other followers