Vigil Held For Burn Attack Victim

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 3:01pm

Community rallies around woman set on fire during apparent racial attack.

Dozens of community members gather at Liberty Christian Church in Winnsboro, Louisiana Monday evening to pray for burn victim Sharmeka Moffitt.

"Our purpose tonight is to come together and pray for the family," said church pastor, Linda Trimble. "They definitely need support tonight because I think it's so random and unprepared for."

Moffitt was set on fire by a group of men around 8 p.m. Sunday night while on a walking trail in Civitan Park in Winnsboro.

She was able to put out the fire herself, but remains hospitalized in critical condition.

During a news conference Monday morning, investigators said they found racial slurs written on Moffitt's car including the letters "KKK".

People packed the sanctuary at the church, where Moffit's relatives attend.

Nearby, more gathered for a candlelight vigil at Davis Park.

"Just a horrific crime, a lot of attention, a lot of fear," said Winnsboro resident Darcel Diggs. "I want the community to come together and to blend, show support for her family...mother, father, brothers, and sisters, and show that we care, we all care."

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