Winnsboro, LA – Sharmeka Moffitt, the 20-year-old woman who claimed she had been set ablaze by three men in white hoodies, apparently fabricated the whole story, as new evidence suggests she actually set herself on fire.
On Sunday, October 21st, Moffitt called 911 to report what police believed, at the time, to be a racially motivated attack in which three men doused Moffitt with lighter fluid, set her on fire, and then scrawled “KKK” and an ethnic slur on the side of her car in…ummmm…toothpaste? At the time, she said she did not know whether the men were black or white.
Moffitt was able to extinguish the flames using a nearby spigot, but had already suffered serious burns on over half her body. She was taken to LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport for treatment. Several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, began investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Now, several days after the incident, police have released the fact that Moffitt’s fingerprints were found on both the lighter fluid bottle in question and the lighter used to ignite it, proving, more or less, that she self-immolated. Answers are a bit scarce at the moment, as Moffitt remains in critical condition, unable to answer the many questions investigators have for her.
“The evidence does not support the statement that she was attacked by three males,” said Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis.
The police have handed the case over to the Franklin Parish District Attorney’s Office, which will decide whether or not to press charges against Moffitt. Her family is somewhat shocked by the turn of events. “Our family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter’s injuries. While this was not the resolution we had expected, it’s a resolution,” they said.
At this point, one can only guess at what might have prompted Moffitt’s actions. I will say, however, that I can’t imagine she wrote on her car after setting herself on fire, as I’d imagine she was probably in severe pain and well on the road to shock. This leads me to believe that it was a ruse from the beginning, and perhaps she was not able to extinguish the fire as quickly as she had originally thought she could.
Well done…literally.Tags: Burning, KKK, lighter fluid, Louisiana, self-immolation, Sharmeka Moffitt