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Mexican exorcism leaves seven dead

Updated 10:47 AM ET August 13, 2000

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Seven Mexicans died during an exorcism after the room in which they were holding the rite filled with carbon monoxide fumes, local radio and newspapers reported on Sunday.

National Formato 21 radio said self-styled "witch" Teodoro Martinez was ridding a 15-year-old boy of evil spirits in the town of Tetla, in the central state of Tlaxcala, on Friday when the tragedy occurred.

It said authorities found burning coal in the room, which led them to conclude the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning. Two people were being treated in the hospital.

-- Uncle Bob (, August 14, 2000


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