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Update: Winnsboro Police investigating burn victim

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WINNSBORO, LA. (KNOE 8 NEWS) - Update, Noon Monday, Law enforcement officials held a news conference Monday morning.   They tell KNOE 8 News that a 911 call came in around 8:00 p.m. Sunday night from a woman who claims she was attacked and burned.  She said three men wearing white hoodies were the attackers.

Police confirm that racial slurs and the letters "KKK" were found written on the victim's vehicle.   Winnsboro Police say they plan to tighten security in the park where the alleged attack happened.   Franklin Sheriff Kevin Cobb said, "This is a horrific event that will not be taken lightly."   Winnsboro Police, Franklin Parish Sheriff, Louisiana State Police, The state fire Marshall's office and the FBI are investigating.

Local NAACP leaders say they have seen enough evidence to consider this a hate crime, but authorities are not classifying it as a hate crime at this time.

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KNOE 8 News has received confirmation from the Winnsboro Police that they are working with the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office investigating a woman allegedly attacked and burned on Sunday night.

The woman's name is Sharmeka Moffitt. A friend of the Moffitt family confirmed to us that she is in stable condition at the LSU-Shreveport hospital but 90% of her body has been burned.

Friends of the family also tell us they believe this is a hate crime.

We have a crew on the way to Winnsboro now. We will bring you more updates once we have them.

If you would like to visit the Facebook page family and friends have set up for Sharmeka Moffitt, click here.

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