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Visitation, memorial canceled for slain Durham priest

Posted August 13, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014

Kent Torrey Hinkson

— Visitation and a memorial service for a Durham priest killed last week have been canceled, his family said.

"Our hearts are saddened by the tragic and unexpected death of the Rev. Kent Hinkson," his family said in a statement. "This is a time when his family is dealing with overwhelming grief and trying to make sense of the events of the last ten days since his disappearance and death. Kent’s death has been a highly public matter, and because of this, the family has elected to grieve together privately and quietly at a family service."

The visitation and memorial service were planned for Friday and Saturday, respectively, at All Saints Church, where Hinkson led Bible studies and pastoral care for those who couldn’t get to church.

Hinkson, 71, went missing Aug. 4 after leaving home to run errands. His disappearance prompted an exhaustive search and an appeal by his family, friends and parishioners at All Saints Church.

His body was found Sunday in Eno River State Park. 

Matthew Reed, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder in the case.


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  • bossman54 Aug 14, 2014

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    And this is most likely the reason why the family is canceling a public funeral. Idle speculation, gossip, and people using this story as a form of entertainment. This isn't a TV show; this is real life with real people with real feelings who would like a little privacy.

  • eyeoneastsky Aug 14, 2014

    The family is under no obligation to anybody to answer questions. Somebody needs to be answering their questions. This family is not trying to sweep anything under the rug. They did not ask for all of this. The man was kidnapped and murdered. That ought to scare the heck out of everybody. If anything is being covered up it is the true facts that the City does not want out because they do not want to lose business. They want you to think the victim and suspect knew each other. It is less threatening to the public to believe a lie.

  • 678devilish Aug 14, 2014

    Many people like the co-workers, friends, family will be hurt by the cancellation. Maybe they will have something later when the media is not around.

  • eyeoneastsky Aug 14, 2014

    I do not blame the family for getting out of the public eye. The death of a loved one is a private matter for those who knew and loved the deceased.
    As far as the details of how Mr. Hinkson was murdered, I would not believe anything the suspect has told the police. Since Reed is charged with 1st degree murder we can be sure Mr. Hinkson did not agree to his own death. Just because there were ugly rumors started on another site does not mean they are true. One of the hallmark signs of a sadistic killer is how they find ways to torment the family after the murder. It is just who they are and what they do.

  • Setnitst8 Aug 14, 2014

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    That's just my opinion. Other news stories like this or the death of a prominant member of the community don't seem to go away on WRAL. This one just stopped suddenly. Just weird IMHO

  • glarg Aug 14, 2014

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    So what happens about this being a "teachable moment"?

    There are probably lessons here but they cant be articulated.

  • KnowsItAll Aug 14, 2014

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    "this story dropped off the map!"

    what else can be written at this point? the accused was arraigned earlier this week. Until he or his lawyer provide details and a motive, there's nothing other than GOLO speculation - which isn't newsworthy.

  • Jami Heller Aug 14, 2014
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    I thought the same thing. And now they cancel the visitation and memorial. How horrible for the family. I just can't imagine.

  • Ginger Lynn Aug 14, 2014
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    setnitst8 - you are right, you can't even find it on other news sites anymore

  • Setnitst8 Aug 14, 2014

    I have a bad feeling this story is going to take a turn for the worst. I hope that's not the case for his family, but as soon as the story came out about the suspect and his last "partner" being so nice and sweet, this story dropped off the map!