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Community vigil held to support Sharmeka Moffitt

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WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Community leaders and residents of Winnsboro attend vigil to support burn victim Sharmeka Moffitt.

Dinerra Cotton doesn't know Sharmeka Moffitt, the young women accused of setting herself on fire in Winnsboro, but Cotton is organizing a community vigil in her honor.

"She still needs our support regardless of what the outcome was," says Cotton.

The vigil featured prayers and songs dedicated to Moffitt, and well-known Winnsboro residents also spoke about the case.

"All we can do is send a prayer out and thank everyone and keep blessing and praying for her," says a Franklin Parish resident.

Cotton says her community is more united than ever, but other leaders are saying it shouldn't have taken an event like this, to get the town together.

"Let's come together, let's stand. It shouldn't take something tragic to happen in our community around us, for us to open up our eyes and realize we're going to need each other," says a local pastor.

Although investigators concluded that Moffitt's original claims were false, some supporters are still waiting to hear from Moffitt herself.

"I wake up every morning, and say to myself, 'Sharmeka has not had the opportunity to speak for herself'," says Bishop Justin Conner, NAACP.

Cotton says no matter what story you might believe, everyone's goal is to see Moffitt get well soon.

"This is a start of something. We should bring our community together," says Cotton, "It's just time for a change."

The change Cotton hopes to see is that Winnsboro residents can set aside their differences for a common goal - wishing well for Sharmeka Moffitt.

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