A woman was set on fire this weekend, allegedly for wearing a pro-Obama t-shirt. Sharmeka Moffitt is now in critical condition after the incident, which has sent shock waves through the Winnsboro, LA community. According to the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Moffitt was walking along a trail at 8 pm on Sunday evening and three men approached her. That is when she was attacked and set on fire.
The 20-year old woman was taken to a hospital in Winnsboro and then transferred to LSU Hospital, which is in Shreveport.
The media hadn’t picked up on the incident until it hit social media. The story has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook, adding increased tension to the atmosphere surrounding the final presidential debate. The presidency of Barack Obama has been a test on race relations in America, and Louisiana is one of the hottest anti-Obama hotbeds in the nation.
In spite of reports that the woman was attacked for wearing a pro-Obama t-shirt, the sheriff’s office is stating that they don’t know what motivated the attack. Mixed reports coming to us at Your Black World say that the attack may have been a hate crime.
The Louisiana State Police are now picking up the investigation.