Yesha Callahan

Sharmeka Moffitt: Says 3 Racist Men Set Her On Fire

Twenty-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt is clinging to life at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport after being attacked and set afire Sunday night at a park in Winnsboro, Louisiana, by three men who wrote “KKK” — possibly with toothpaste — on her car. Although Moffitt was able to call the police herself, she wasn’t able to identify the assailants, but did say they were wearing white hoodies.

Sheriff Kevin Cobb was also shaken, saying he had never experienced such a crime. “It’s most definitely a horrific event that has created an uneasy feeling in the community,” Cobb said.

Police said Moffitt, was walking in the park and then doused in a flammable liquid and set afire. She was able to dial 911 at about 8 p.m. Cobb said a police unit was on the scene within 30 to 45 seconds. Trooper Albert Paxton said Moffitt, suffered extensive burns below her neck on her chest and back all the way down to her calves.

“To my knowledge, she has never been threatened,” said Edna Moffitt, Sharmeka’s mother, as she softly cried and wiped tears from her face during a Monday afternoon news conference at LSU Hospital in Shreveport. “I have never known anything like this to happen in Winnsboro. They want to take the dead skin off and place other skin there if they can.”

Authorities have made no arrests and no suspects have been identified. The Winnsboro Police Department, Franklin Parish Sheriff’s office, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Fire Marshal and the FBI are investigating and will later determine if the attack could be classified as a hate crime

  1. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    I honestly don’t even know what to say…I’ll pray for that young woman and her family. Just, wow…

  2. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    It makes me feels so angry and sad to know these things still happen. I hope she recovers and her attackers identified and brought to justice

  3. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    I bet they were republicans

    • October 23, 2012 - Reply

      @blcknnblv

      Oh come one now! those cretins don’t even know such words.

  4. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    I would dare to say it is a hate crime. Wearing white hoodies…written KKK on her car and then attacked a Black woman. Someone according to her Mom was not threaten previously. It is disgusting, cowardly act. What is wrong with some people! I pray that she recovers and that they do catch those B@$****$!!

  5. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    I pray for her strength. I pray that she receives justice. I pray that she heals physically, mentally and emotionally from this senseless act.

  6. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    My sister told me that she was attacked because she was wearing an Obama shirt. Has anyone else heard a story like that?

  7. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    I pray for this young lady to have a speedy recovery. I hope the bastards that did this crime get what they deserve. This is sad I hope the people that did this get caught, and get something 3x worst done to them.

  8. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    times like this i wish i was a superhero so i could go find them SOBs and retaliate

  9. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    Where are the IR daters on this thread?

    • October 23, 2012 - Reply

      @Perspective

      Right here. This has everything to do with hate and fear and nothing to do with the confounding love I have for the people in my life. By asking such a question, you harbor the same feelings these cowards have except you may not take it to such an extreme. Ask about the IR lovers, friends, family members, coworkers etc. and beyond. Do some research. Get back to us.

    • October 23, 2012 - Reply

      @Perspective

      Where are the black men to protect her”black women”? nowhere
      what about the blk men on bossip talking bad about blk women and this women who is fighting her life.

      • October 23, 2012 - Reply

        @Lola

        Lola, did you read about a black man who witnessed the incident but who ran off? If so, I haven’t seen it. I think you know full well that the kind of people who committ these sorts of crimes pick victims who are least able to fight back. Whether it is an old man like James bird in Texas or a lone woman like Sharmeka Moffitt. Black men have lots of issues, me included, however, the attempted murder of Miss Moffitt is not one of them.

    • October 23, 2012 - Reply

      @Perspective

      What does interracial dating have to do with this?

      This is the same guy who writes the same crap about black women all over this site. You probably date interracially yourself.

  10. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    This is truly sad. I have experienced angry stares while wearing a President Obama shirt, not surprised. With 60 percent third-degree burns on her body, I’m praying for a quick recovery and less visible scars as possible. Healing in her mind as well…it’s still crazy out there. We all have to be careful.

  11. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    I saw this on my local news yesterday still no updates on her case, I truly hope they classified this crime as what it was a HATE crime. But honestly, I can’t say that I’ am surprised people think just because it is 2012 things like this doesn’t happen or we are so “post-racial” that we don’t have to worry about this…WRONG, sadly we are not. I truly pray for her and her family and hope for a speedy recovery for her and that the animals that did this to her are found and brought to justice.

  12. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    All of you all need to chill with that, this kid allegedly was assaulted and is in serious condition at a hosptial and all of yall want to project your insecurities on her misfortune? Thats some sick mess.

    • October 23, 2012 - Reply

      @Tonton Michel

      She’s a twenty-year-old woman, not a kid.

  13. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    I am going to take a wait and see approach to this case, the authorities seem to be moving quickly on this, they will let us know whats what in due time.

  14. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    I’m from Shreveport, LA (about an hour from Winnsboro, LA) and on our local news they just announced that Sharmeka’s wounds were SELF-INFLICTED and that she lied about the entire story. They just held a press conference where they announced all of this! This is so sad all around. I really hope Sharmeka gets the help she needs. It’s upsetting that she lied about it, but there is obviously an underlying problem going on with her. I’m still praying for her recovery & for her family. Here’s the link to the story from Monroe, LA’s newspaper website.

    http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20121023/BREAKING_NEWS/121023021/Police-expected-announce-burn-story-fabricated?odyssey=mod%7Cbreaking%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

  15. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    Um…might want to change the story. They have found out she did it all herself.

    • October 23, 2012 - Reply

      @miss piggy

      Damn!

  16. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    The FBI, Louisiana State Police, & local police all found evidence that her wounds were self-inflicted.

    http://www.ksla.com/story/19896236/officials-winnsboro-burn-victims-claims-false#.UIcVcI4F1uw.twitter

    • October 23, 2012 - Reply

      @jourdan

      WTF?

  17. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    Great. Just what we need!

    She’s just like that idiot who carved Obama’s name on her face. She must not be mentally stable.

  18. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    I pray for her and her family. I hope she can recover. Also praying that we make the light on what happen so justice is done.

  19. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    Oh my I just saw Jourdan’s post. Why would she do that? I hope these are not lies because it would be evil.

  20. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    This bitch!! This bitch! Turns out she set her own self on fire! Now when I really happens to one of us they not gone believe it.

    • October 25, 2012 - Reply

      @Apple

      @Apple

      I feel you on that.

  21. October 23, 2012 - Reply

    it turns out the story of her being attacked by racists is not true:
    http://www.franklinsun.com/news.php?id=5412

  22. October 24, 2012 - Reply

    Im older that makes her a kid.

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