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Woman Set On Fire In 'Ku Klux Klan' Attack
A Louisiana woman found with burns over more than half her body has said she was set on fire in a racist attack.
The 20-year-old black woman told police three men also wrote the initials KKK - an apparent reference to the Ku Klux Klan - and a racial slur on her car.
Sharmeka Moffitt said the men doused her in a flammable liquid and set her alight in a park in Winnsboro, a town in Franklin Parish. She had already put out the flames when police found her on Sunday night.
Her family said she was attacked while exercising alone.
Sharmeka's mother Edna Moffitt told a news conference she was due to undergo surgery later.
"They want to take the dead skin off and place other skin there if they can," she said.
"I have no idea who did it ... I want them to pay for what they did to her."
Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Julie Lewis said in her emergency call, Ms Moffitt described her attackers as three men wearing white hoods or hats.
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 FBI is investigating the alleged attack as a possible hate crime.
Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said: "This is a horrific event for our community.
"It makes everyone uneasy. It is our hope that everyone stands together at this time, and follow the information that is gathered, follow the facts, follow the evidence and hopefully that will lead us to justice in this case."
what do you think?
How awful !!! I hoped we had seen last of this organisation but it looks like it has raised It's ugly head again !!! Poor woman . This needs to be stopped quick before things get out of hand !!!
This is just sick. An innocent women going bout her daily business and this happens! Poor women. Hope they catch the trash that done this an that she makes a full recovery
Why would someone give you a thumbs down! makes no sense. Agree with you 100%
Agree. I think the thumbs-downers were a fleeting thing - all seems well now!
Not sure it was kkk but wot better way to cover your tracks and raise racial tension
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Its sad. But sadder the media prefers to spread fear rather than love
Domestic terrorism - I've lost count now of how many mindless acts perpetrated by these gun slingers and whatnot. Surely this needs to be addressed ahead of anything else on the U.S political agenda?
Nooo... they're all busy campaigning!
Poor gal what a cowardly act. The KKK are still there in the South and the rednecks abound. Then in the next breath they try and inflict the American dream on the world. Saw the KKK active in the 80s whilst in North Carolina though also the black Americans do not always extend a hand of friendship to a white face in those parts. As for this poor gal hope the medics can perform a miracle
agree with you on both accounts got a frosty reception from blacks in North Carolina until they realised we were English then as friendly as you like
And why ha someone went along and marked everyone with a thumbs down?? This is a da story with someone that's suffered a great deal of pain and some thinks its out of order??? Sad person u are!
Again agree 100%
i would be very surprised if the kkk were responsible. i doubt whether they have even existed in the last 30 years or more
According to Wikipedia, the current version of the kkk has 152 chapters ad of 2010,so sadly still alive and kicking.
What a barbaric thing to do to a fellow human being.