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Woman attacked, burned in Winnsboro park

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Posted: Oct 22, 2012 12:37 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2012 12:37 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Winnsboro, woman attacked, burned, park, Sharmeka Moffitt, walking trail, Civitan Park, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, FBI, hate crime, LSU Health Sciences Center, State police, Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office, Winnsboro Police Department, WBRZ

WINNSBORO, La. - A woman was attacked and burned in a park on Sunday night and authorities are investigating whether race was a factor in the assault.

KSLA-TV reports that Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, was on a walking trail in the Civitan Park in Winnsboro in Franklin Parish when she was attacked at 8 p.m. and set on fire. Winnsboro is in northeast Louisiana.

The FBI is investigating whether the attack was a hate crime, said Kyle Hanrahan, an FBI spokesman.

Moffitt was taken to a hospital in Winnsboro and then transferred to the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

State police, the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office and Winnsboro Police Department also are investigating.

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