Kevin Smith, a pastor and Jamaican cult leader who allegedly killed two of his followers in a “human sacrifice” ritual, has reportedly died in a car crash.
According to The Daily Beast, the accident happened on Monday morning (October 25) while police were transporting Smith from Montego Bay to Kingston where he was set to be formally charged in connection with the murders. He had been in custody since October 17 after he was arrested.
Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of Jamaica’s Constabulary Forces communication unit, confirmed Smith’s death and a police officer along Jamaica’s Bog Walk main road.
“They were taking him to Kingston to be formally charged; there was an accident and all four people in the vehicle received serious injuries,” she told The Daily Beast. “Two died, a police constable and Mr. Smith and the other two police officers are in critical condition.”
Head of Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries, Smith was arrested and charged after police swooped down on his church in Montego Bay in response to a report that a human sacrifice was taking place in the church, where more than 100 followers in white robes gathered.
Survivors told local Jamaican media outlets that senior members stabbed and slashed several congregants who were told they’d be embarking on a “heavenly journey.” Two members of the church were killed over the course of the ritual and one was killed during the police raid of the property.
“When I saw blood and the young lady fell, I said ‘This is it for me,’” one member who escaped the church told the Jamaican Observer.
“It is traumatizing. It traumatized me so much I’ve not been sleeping or eating well. I’ve not left home to do no business because of what is taking place,” a neighbor who knew Smith told The Daily Beast.
Milton Ricketts, another person who knew Smith well, said the horrific activities at Smith’s church had been “going on for years.”
“The people have been brainwashed, including the children, and they have been taught things which are unscriptural and they have suffered damage in their soul,” he told The Daily Beast.
Rickets said Smith would demand his followers to “take a knee” when addressing him and refer to him as “Crown Bishop… at all times.”
According to a Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries pamphlet obtained by The Daily Beast, Smith is identified as “former crown Ambassador of the Throne of Nubia Sheba” and a “globe traveller to over 100 countries worldwide and Yeshu’a Hamashiach end time Prophet to the Nations.”