Louisiana Woman Sets Herself on Fire, Lies to Police [VIDEO]
If you heard the horrible news story yesterday about the woman from Louisiana who was set on fire while walking and was burned over 60 percent of her body. Seeing her mother on the news in such pain and anguish was heartbreaking.The woman, Sharmeka Moffitt, called 911 around 8 p.m. on Sunday from a park in Winnsboro, La., and reported that three men in white hoodies had doused her in liquid and set her on fire.The letters "KKK" and a racial slur were written on her car. Police were at the scene within minutes of the call, but found no suspects. So the community quickly came together in support of Moffitt, and several law enforcement agencies immediately joined together to pursue her alleged attackers.
Shockingly, it turns out Moffitt made up the entire horrific story and the burns were self-inflicted. Authorities found Moffitt's fingerprints on the cigarette lighter and can of lighter fluid recovered nearby the scene.
Police did not immediately respond to request for comment today and have not said if Moffitt will be facing criminal charges. Residents are angered and in shock that someone could do this.
Moffitt is in critical condition at a Shreveport hospital. Her family released a statement saying:
They were "devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter's injuries." "We are sincerely sorry for any problems this may have caused and wish to express our appreciation for the outpouring of love, prayers and support we have received from friends, acquaintances, church organizations and government officials."
The community of Winnsboro, La. should be proud of how they came together to help, and should not be angry because this is what a community is all about. When one of their own are in trouble and need help -- a community is there.
As a mother, I can't even imagine what I would be feeling. If my daughter was in so much pain and so messed up, that she would go so far as to set herself on fire. This woman and her family need our prayers.