At 11 p.m. on July 11, police responded to a 9-1-1 call to the townhouse on Loch Lomond Drive in Gloucester Township and found eight people inside the house – one of whom was dead, Philly.com reported.
Police pronounced Lucille Hamilton, a 21-year-old man living as a woman, dead at the scene. Hamilton flew from Arkansas to New Jersey Friday night and paid $621 to Houngan Hector to perform a voodoo spiritual ritual-- one that would remove her “spiritual grime,” reported the paper.
Hector claimed he was initiated as a senior voodoo priest in Haiti and planned to perform a ritual called Lave Tet, or head washing, on Hamilton. The three-day program starts with a cleansing, after which participants lie in a "badji," or altar room, before they are “baptized,” Philly.com reported.
“I'm still trying to find a scenario that makes sense. She was very spiritual and beautiful. She was not there for some dark purpose. She wasn't depressed; in fact, you couldn't meet a more upbeat person,” Miller said.
Authorities are waiting for an autopsy and toxicology reports to come back. No charges have yet been filed.