Black woman attacked, burned in La., Twitterers blame Romney, Tea Party; Updated

In a horrific attack Sunday night, a 20-year-old woman named Sharmeka Moffitt was brutally burned:

20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt is in critical condition at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Her mother, Edna Moffitt, says surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. “Both of her arms, and they are third degree burns, down her chest and legs – one. Basically her arms are real bad.” Edna Moffitt also confirms her daughter was not wearing an Obama t-shirt, as initial rumors on social media had indicated.

At a news conference held just before Noon Monday, authorities confirmed Moffitt called 911 around 8 p.m. Sunday from Civitan Park, telling them she had been attacked and burned by three men in white hoodies. They say she was unable to identify her attackers. Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb confirms that “KKK” was spray-painted on the hood of her car, with a racial slur underneath.

Moffitt reportedly suffered burns on 90 percent of her body and remains in critical condition.

While many people are praying that Moffitt will pull through, others couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to tie the attack to Romney and the Tea Party:

Despite the fact that both the victim’s mother and the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office have confirmed otherwise, many Twitterers continued to claim that she was targeted for wearing an Obama t-shirt:

This man rightly condemned those attempting to politicize a horrible event:

Their behavior is beyond disgusting.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Moffitt and her family.

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Update:

Following their investigation, the police have concluded that the incident was a hoax and Moffitt’s wounds were self-inflicted.

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