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Transgender Woman Dies during NJ Voodoo Ritual


GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS/AP) Was it voodoo that took the life of a transgender woman from Arkansas in a New Jersey home? Authorities are investigating how 21-year old Lucille Hamilton of Little Rock died, in what they call a "voodoo cleansing ritual" in a southern New Jersey townhouse.

Prosecutors say Hamilton was found unresponsive early Sunday in the Gloucester Township home, where neighbors say voodoo rituals are regularly performed on weekends. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Hamilton hired Houngan Hector, a voodoo high priest, to perform a $600 spiritual cleansing referred to on his web site as "Lave Tet."

Camden County prosecutor's spokesman Jason Laughlin says an autopsy performed Sunday did not reveal the cause of death. Medical examiners are waiting to see if toxicology results will help.

Six other people, including children, were also found at the home. All were checked at Virtua Hospital in Berlin Township and released.