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Slain Durham Priest’s Public Memorial Services Cancelled

By Ran Northam Posted August 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

The public visitation and memorial services for the Durham volunteer priest who was found murdered last weekend have been cancelled.

WRAL reports the family of 71-year-old Kent Terry Hinkson has decided to pay their respects privately after the story has received such a high amount of attention. The services were planned for Friday and Saturday at All Saints Church on Farrington Road in Durham. Hinkson led religious activities there for people who couldn’t attend Sunday services.

Hinkson reportedly left his home to run errands on August 4. His family reported to authorities that he never returned.

A search effort ensued, and Hinkson’s red Hyundai Sonata was discovered Wednesday in a parking lot of Mews Apartments on Willamsburg Road, nearly five miles from his home.

Matthew John Reed

Matthew John Reed

The suspect, 36-year-old Matthew John Reed, reportedly led authorities to Hinkson’s body somewhere near Pleasant Green Road and U.S. 70 the Sunday following his disappearance. He is being held in the Orange County Jail for the murder. The cause of death has not yet been released.

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