Friday, August 3, 2007


Fatal end to exorcism attempt

‘A 48-year-old Phoenix man whom authorities say was choking his 3-year-old granddaughter during an exorcism early Saturday died after struggling with police officers who went into the home to investigate, Phoenix police said.

Police reportedly found Ronald Marquez, of Phoenix, shirtless and choking his granddaughter as her 19-year-old mother, naked and bloody, looked on. The bloodied girl was gasping and screaming as her mother chanted and held a religious picture of some kind, police said.

“It’s very bizarre, (a) very unusual and pretty horrific situation this young child was involved in,” said Sgt. Joel Tranter, a Phoenix police spokesman. [..]

Investigators later learned the man was trying to “squeeze the demons out of the young girl,” Tranter said.’

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