Family apologizes for woman who allegedly set self on fire

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 5:47pm

Officials say the woman who was believed to be burned severly during an attack may have actually set fire to herself.

Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas says there is no evidence to suggest that anyone else was involved in the attack.

Moffitt claimed that three men attacked her and set her on fire. She is suffering from burns that cover 60 percent of her body and was expected to have surgery Tuesday.

Police believe Moffitt actually set the fire herself. According to Louisiana State Police Officer Albert Paxton, one of her fingerprints was found on the lighter and on the bottle of liquid used to spark the fire. Only Moffit's prints were on the hood of the car spray painted with 'KKK.'

Authorities say the only DNA found at the scene is of a woman.

A community prayer vigil was scheduled to happen tonight at 7:00 p.m. A Facebook page devoted to Moffitt now boasts over 51,000 followers worldwide.

Moffit's family released the following statement:

Our family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter’s injuries. 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.


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