By Nicholas Stix
Well, racist black hate crime hoaxer Sharmeka Moffitt’s family is obviously made of better stuff than she is.
[Previously, on this crime, at WEJB/NSU:
“Louisiana: Hate Crime, or a Hoax Gone Horribly Wrong? Black Woman Says She was Set on Fire by 3 Hoodie-Wearing, Raceless Men Who Wrote ‘KKK’ and a ‘Racial Slur’ on Her Car; NAACP Chief Exploits Crime”; and
“Tawana Brawley in Louisiana! Racist Sharmeka Moffitt was So Intent on Committing a Hate Crime Hoax That She Set Herself on Fire, and Almost Died!”]
Family apologizes for Moffitt's actions
October 23, 2012, 5:15 p.m.
The Shreveport Times
By Greg Hilburn and Michael Doughty
Police announced Tuesday they believe Sharmeka Moffitt fabricated a story about being attacked and burned Sunday night at Civitan Park in Winnsboro by three men who wrote “KKK” on the hood of her car, and instead set herself afire.
Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said during a press conference at the Franklin Parish Courthouse this afternoon that Moffitt's DNA and fingerprints were found on the lighter as well as charcoal lighter fluid used in the incident.
Police say they are still unsure why Moffitt set herself on fire. It will now be up to the district attorney's office to determine whether she will face charges for the fabrication.
“Basically we had to follow the facts,” Cobb said. “This was a disturbing case for all involved. All indications show this was a self-inflicted situation.”
Moffitt, 20, told police she was walking on a park trail when she was attacked and set afire by three men wearing white T-shirt hoodies. She remains at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport in critical condition.
In a statement, Moffitt's family said they were sorry for any problems which may have been caused by Moffitt's actions.
"Our family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter’s injuries," the statement said. "While this was not the resolution we had expected, it is a resolution, and we appreciate the thorough investigation by the local and state police as well as federal agencies.
"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.
"Over the coming days and weeks, our focus will be on Sharmeka and her recovery. We ask that you continue to pray for her and for our family, and that you respect our privacy at this difficult time."
Police now believe it was Moffitt who wrote “KKK” and the N-word on the hood of her Buick LaCross with toothpaste and then set fire to herself. She told police she couldn’t identify the race of those she claimed had attacked her. She called 911 from the park.
Cobb and Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Martin said both Moffitt and her family still deserved the community’s prayers.
“This is a tragic situation,” Martin said.