20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt told police she was walking through a park in Winnsboro, Louisiana, when three men in white T-shirt hoodies attacked her, setting her on fire and writing "KKK" and other racial slurs in toothpaste on the hood of her car.
Moffitt was able to call 911 from the park after the attack. Officers found her with burns on more than half of her body. But police announced Tuesday that evidence points to Moffitt setting herself on fire.
“Basically we had to follow the facts," Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said. “This was a disturbing case for all involved. All indications show this was a self-inflicted situation.”
Moffitt's case is similar to one in Nebraska this summer, when a lesbian woman was found to have faked a hate crime in her own apartment.
Moffitt reamins at the hospital in critical condition, according to the Shreveport Times.
Forensic officers at the scene. Photo by Margaret Croft/The News-Star.